Cold Stunned & Pneumonia
Jinglebell is a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle receiving treatment after becoming cold stunned in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cold stunning is a hypothermic condition following prolonged exposure to cold water temperatures below 50 degrees F, causing sea turtles to become lethargic, inactive, ill, and float at the water’s surface. Jinglebell arrived lethargic and weak, with a case of pneumonia and several lesions on their skin and carapace, all commonly developed secondary conditions in cold stunned sea turtles. This patient received a specific treatment plan for their ailments, including fluid therapy, honey application, antibiotics, vitamins, and even a daily nebulizing routine!
After two months of rehabilitation, Jinglebell made a full recovery and was released back into the wild in Cape Canaveral, FL!
Species: Kemp’s Ridley (Lk)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 12/18/22
Ailment: Cold Stunned, Pneumonia
Weight: 2.10 kg
12/18/22: Admitted into rehab. Veterinary exam, x-rays, and blood drawn.
12/19/22: Begin a supportive care regiment and daily nebulizer treatments.
12/30/22: Patient is actively swimming and eating!
1/4/23: Bloodwork re-evaluated and x-rays taken to monitor progress.
1/9/23: Stop daily nebulizing treatments and continue to monitor feeding and behavior.
2/7/23: Off fluids and medications, continue administering Iron.
2/14/23: Approved for release.
2/21/23: Tagged and released in Cape Canaveral, FL.