“Dr. Cori”, age 7, assists with the surgery of sea turtle “Keisha”, a plush toy and teaching tool,  thanks to the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s AdvoKids program.

— Cori McWilliams, 7, was one of 12 children chosen from a pool of more than 50 children to participate in the “Vet for a Day” program at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s annual TurtleFest in June Beach on April 9.

During the program, “Dr. Cori” received a plush sea turtle that was suffering from an ailment commonly found in sea turtles: inability to eat due to a fishing hook being lodged in its throat. Under the supervision of Melissa Ranly [LMC Hospital Coordinator] and Dr. Nancy Mettee [LMC Veterinarian], Cori followed the procedures that would have been followed if her plush sea turtle was living: an initial examination and assessment of the animal, taking x-rays, performing surgery [in this case, to remove the fishing hook], and learning about the necessary follow-up care of the animal. All procedures were performed in LMC’s sea turtle hospital.

(source http://tortoiseblog.com/local-student-becomes-vet-for-a-day)

That’s right people, they learn their names, who you are, when its time for food, how to push a ball… Don’t let people tell you they are dumb or boring animals.

Tiny Tortoise Comes When Called (by planetXplorer)

Taco, the amazing tortoise, comes out of his burrow when called! We were in total disbelief, but the tortoise has done this several days in a row, and now we have video to prove it! Our itty bitty tortoise is incredible.


In a bizarre attempt to honor the Year of the Rabbit and educate the public, an aquarium in Seoul has hosted a reenactment of Aesop’s classic tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.

The strange, surprisingly entertaining event in South Korea featured a sea turtle instead of a tortoise and a diver dressed up in what appears to be rabbit pajamas, to play the part of the hare. 

Read More: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/diver-wearing-rabbit-costume-races-a-sea-turtle

Diver Races Sea Turtle (by uzoouk)