British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2017-07-20 08:55:14

Teri's rescue

On 16 July, Cornish BDMLR Medics were alerted to a turtle ashore at the western end of Porthkidney Beach, Lelant, by a local resident Fran. Welfare development and field support officer Dan Jarvis attended with medics Dan Newsome and Jennifer Dykwer-Newsome. On arrival they were surprised to find the ‘turtle’ was in fact a 20cm long freshwater terrapin. It was checked over and found to have a few slight dings in its carapace and a superficial shoulder injury, but appeared to be otherwise okay.

It was placed in a box lined with a towel damped with freshwater to help stop the saltwater affecting its skin and transported to Clifton Villas Veterinary Surgery in Newquay who are exotic animal specialists. It was identified as a female yellow-bellied terrapin which had a calcium deficiency related to a poor diet, but was generally in good health. She was named Teri as per Fran’s request.

It is thought Teri was probably dumped in Hayle estuary earlier in the day and was taken out by the outgoing tide, but was washed along the shore rather than out to sea. As a freshwater species, she would not have survived long at sea. There has been a spate of abandoned terrapins in the south west recently according to the RSPCA, so if you find one please contact them.

Teri is doing well and the RSPCA has managed to find her a home.

Thank you to all involved in this story.

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