Cleansing a Soiled Turtle | Critter Fixers: Nation Vets

published on July 2, 2020

[music playing]

VERNARD HODGES:
Hey, how are you?

MAYIA BRIGHTON: Hey, good
How are you doing?

All right
You doing all right?

Good to see you
Yes, sir

So what we got going on?

MAYIA BRIGHTON: So Mr
Yurtle the turtle–

VERNARD HODGES:
Yurtle the turtle–

My husband, he found
this yellow-bellied

slider turtle in a drain pipe

He was, like, covered in sewage,
and he couldn't even move

Ah, you got quite a
bit of sludge in there

MAYIA BRIGHTON: So we
want him to survive,

so I knew I needed to bring
him to see Dr Hodges

Yeah, we tried to get
as much out as we could,

but there's still so much

Lots of grease, as well

Got a nice crack here

He's not moving much

OK

I'mma try to clean him up more

MAYIA BRIGHTON: Thank you

And we'll–

I'mma show the picture here,
see what kind of environment

we have when we get him clean

So give me a few minutes

MAYIA BRIGHTON: Yes, sir

This turtle's just
not in real great shape

And it's just full of grime
and stinks really, really bad

It also has a small crack, so
I know we had to do something

to kind of clean this turtle up

He got some sludge there

I don't want to flush
it back in there,

so I want to clean that out

Nasty

Mm-hmm

VERNARD HODGES: Man, sludge

We started cleaning it out, and
I'm flushing and I'm thinking,

whoa, this is a lot
worse than I thought

A turtle's shell is his only
defense against predators

So when it's cracked, you
really worry about this turtle

being compromised

We're gonna X-ray
this turtle and see

exactly what's
going on, 'cause it

is possibly life-threatening

NARRATOR: The X-ray will
help Dr Hodges determine

if the cracked
shell, or carapace,

has allowed any of the sludge
into the turtle's body cavity

You literally
dodged the bullet

You did crack, but not–

not terribly bad

Airway looks good

I'm gonna get you cleaned up

You're a lucky turtle, Yurtle

NARRATOR: Fortunately,
the crack in the shell

is only superficial

VERNARD HODGES: We're going
to use some dish detergent,

and we're gonna clean
all this area up,

because it cuts grease

So we want to cut some
grease and scrub-a-dub-dub

Maybe we can get us a
dishwashing endorsement

I can see us now

And then you know how you clean
it, and then as we clean it,

then my teeth go, ting!

[bell dings]

Ting!

[laughter]

Once we got this turtle feeling
better and doing everything,

our plan is to put an
epoxy on this cracked

shell to kind of seal it

Ah, does that tickle?

Does that tick– ah,
look at that head

That tickle?
[laughter]

OK, perfect

The owner just needs to
provide a lot of TLC,

make sure she keeps that
area that has all the sludge

and that stuff clean

I think this turtle
has a pretty good shot

It's clean

We got everything out of there

Oh, my goodness

She's so bright and pretty

I've flushed this area
out, and I've packed it

The brown stuff you see
now is a wound paste

Thank you so much, Dr Hodges

You're the best

All right
We'll see you later

Oh, Yurtle

He looks like a completely
different turtle

I was actually shocked and,
like, got tears in my eyes,

'cause he was,
like, moving around,

and he looks so much
happier, and, like,

he was a little feisty

And I'm excited to
bring him home and see

him swim and do turtle things

[laughs]

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