You sir, are my hero. 

Doctor saves his pet tortoise by giving it mouth to mouth for six minutes after it nearly drowns in a bowl of water

Dr Waterfall had been tending his garden when he had walked past Atlas’s run and noticed that his pet was in serious trouble. He said: ‘I saw his back feet sticking up out of the water. I pulled him out but he was not breathing and was completely floppy. 

‘I did six minutes of mouth-to-mouth before he slowly started breathing and blinking.’

The doctor, who works at a GP’s surgery in Barnstaple, North Devon, admitted: ‘I was quite emotional at the time. 

‘I first started doing it and I had my mouth over his whole head, mouth, nose and nostrils. Then I changed it to sort of breathing into his nostrils. 

‘He has a run outdoors which had some water in a concrete container about ten inches long – the same width as his shell. He had just fallen in. He was essentially dead.’

Dr Waterfall’s wife Subhani had been putting the couple’s two-year-old son Harry to bed when her husband saved the life of their pet. 

The doctor told his son that Atlas had ‘been swimming’ because the boy was too young to understand what was really going on.

The family, who also have a cat, have had Atlas for a year and Dr Waterfall said that to lose him would have been devastating. He said: ‘When my wife came downstairs she said that Atlas is supposed to outlive us. He is not supposed to die young at eight years old.

Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some have lived for more than 150 years. 

The pet owner took Atlas to the vet to be checked out and he was given antibiotics in case he had any water in his lungs.’The guys at work think it is hilarious,’ added the doctor. ‘There is a mixture of laughter and them kind of saying well done for giving it a go.’ 

You sir, are my hero. 

Doctor saves his pet tortoise by giving it mouth to mouth for six minutes after it nearly drowns in a bowl of water

Dr Waterfall had been tending his garden when he had walked past Atlas’s run and noticed that his pet was in serious trouble. He said: ‘I saw his back feet sticking up out of the water. I pulled him out but he was not breathing and was completely floppy. 

‘I did six minutes of mouth-to-mouth before he slowly started breathing and blinking.’

The doctor, who works at a GP’s surgery in Barnstaple, North Devon, admitted: ‘I was quite emotional at the time. 

‘I first started doing it and I had my mouth over his whole head, mouth, nose and nostrils. Then I changed it to sort of breathing into his nostrils. 

‘He has a run outdoors which had some water in a concrete container about ten inches long – the same width as his shell. He had just fallen in. He was essentially dead.’

Dr Waterfall’s wife Subhani had been putting the couple’s two-year-old son Harry to bed when her husband saved the life of their pet. 

The doctor told his son that Atlas had ‘been swimming’ because the boy was too young to understand what was really going on.

The family, who also have a cat, have had Atlas for a year and Dr Waterfall said that to lose him would have been devastating. He said: ‘When my wife came downstairs she said that Atlas is supposed to outlive us. He is not supposed to die young at eight years old.

Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some have lived for more than 150 years. 

The pet owner took Atlas to the vet to be checked out and he was given antibiotics in case he had any water in his lungs.’The guys at work think it is hilarious,’ added the doctor. ‘There is a mixture of laughter and them kind of saying well done for giving it a go.’ 

Scooter

We took Scooter the Eastern box turtle in looking all terrible and deformed after five years of poor care from someone that didn’t even know what kind of turtle they took from the wild. We gave her all the good food she required along with a proper habitat and as much outside sunshine as we could. She went from looking like an awful sickly deformed turtle to a healthy turtle despite her deformities and is still living well nearly ten years later.

Julie Maguire
Centereach, NY

The Turtle Rescue of Long Island is an INCREDIBLE rescue run by Julie Maguire in Long Island, NY. I have learned so much from her , her mailing list , and friends on the Russian Tortoise yahoo list. Every story I hear about the turtles and tortoises she cares for is inspirational. I’ll probably post more about TRLI but for now Here’s the story of Scooter, their biggest success story. 

PLEASE SUPPORT TRLI!!!! 3 steps, its no big deal, it can help so many turts and torts!  

1: click here

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/shelterchallenge.faces?siteId=3

2:  type in Turtle Rescue of Long Island where it says “Shelter Name” , add NY under state and it’ll come up. 

3: click VOTE and you’re done!  you can vote EVERY DAY! DO IT!!!! 

The winner receives funding to help continue to support the animals they care for. Its rare a Turtle/Tortoise rescue gets a chance to win funding.  Every vote helps, Lets give the shelled ones a chance this time!!