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So while I was feeding the box turtles at Y's I noticed one who had closed eyes and it was still in the same spot for a couple of days. So I brought it in to Y and she said it was a rescue and hadn't eaten for a while. So I soaked it and set it up in one of her enclosed thingys. I noticed her trying to move her leg to rub her eye in the carrot water, but she was just too weak. So it's a week and a half I've been home. She turned up her nose at every thing I offered. Then...ta da!!! I've never met a turtle who could resist super worms. Yep. Today she eats berries and live stuff. She is moving around and acting more normal. Oh she was chewed by a dog...
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Also, Grumpyface finally ate worms. Teeny tiny meal worms. He hadn't eaten at all, then I got the heat more regulated, and with the carrot soaks he started eating today.
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So while I was feeding the box turtles at Y's I noticed one who had closed eyes and it was still in the same spot for a couple of days. So I brought it in to Y and she said it was a rescue and hadn't eaten for a while. So I soaked it and set it up in one of her enclosed thingys. I noticed her trying to move her leg to rub her eye in the carrot water, but she was just too weak. So it's a week and a half I've been home. She turned up her nose at every thing I offered. Then...ta da!!! I've never met a turtle who could resist super worms. Yep. Today she eats berries and live stuff. She is moving around and acting more normal. Oh she was chewed by a dog...
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Also, Grumpyface finally ate worms. Teeny tiny meal worms. He hadn't eaten at all, then I got the heat more regulated, and with the carrot soaks he started eating today.
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Good news on both counts!
 

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Good news on both counts!
That is why when I offer advice on chelonia not eating, I always say, don't give up. Keep up the carrot soaks. You keep it up until they either eat or die. You might learn how to gavage, nowadays it's done using a stainless steel tube, not bendable, but fixed, and it is so freakin easy using that instrument, it puts whatever right into the stomach and it's not traumatic. I use a product called Critical Care and ya mix it with water, zip zap done. Anyway, I guess that's not something you'd learn if you only had 1 tortoise.
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That is why when I offer advice on chelonia not eating, I always say, don't give up. Keep up the carrot soaks. You keep it up until they either eat or die. You might learn how to gavage, nowadays it's done using a stainless steel tube, not bendable, but fixed, and it is so freakin easy using that instrument, it puts whatever right into the stomach and it's not traumatic. I use a product called Critical Care and ya mix it with water, zip zap done. Anyway, I guess that's not something you'd learn if you only had 1 tortoise.
Sometimes you win, and it feels so good
Yes, that is so true! Keep up the good work.
 

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This is so lovely, those little sweeties are in the best hands!
 
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