meredithsweetsue:

This is Beau, an African tortoise someone dumped at Maymont. He hung out on the patio of a local restaurant this evening and everyone chipped in for his care. Poor little guy was suffering from malnutrition and his shell is all “pyramided.” He’s only about a year and a half and now, with proper care, he’ll live to be 150.

In light of the awful tortoise incident dominating the news recently, here is a story of good people and much brighter future for Beau the tortoise <3 

meredithsweetsue:

This is Beau, an African tortoise someone dumped at Maymont. He hung out on the patio of a local restaurant this evening and everyone chipped in for his care. Poor little guy was suffering from malnutrition and his shell is all “pyramided.” He’s only about a year and a half and now, with proper care, he’ll live to be 150.

In light of the awful tortoise incident dominating the news recently, here is a story of good people and much brighter future for Beau the tortoise <3 

TORTOISE PSA: PLEASE READ

Pneumonia is currently spreading in California tortoises.
IF YOUR TORTOISE BEGINS TO BUBBLE AT THE NOSE OR HAVE A RUNNY NOSE, TAKE THEM TO A VET IMMEDIATELY. Tortoises will not show symptoms until the disease is already very serious, but if any of your tortoises stop eating them you might want to keep them isolated.
This had already claimed three of our tortoises. We will most likely have to put them down. Our other two have been able to recover as of now.
The only think that will really help is putting them on baytril for ten days.
EVEN THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED TO HELP.
You also should not let your tortoises hibernate if they have symptoms, as their bodies will not hold up.
If the ten days of baytril doesn’t help, do not attempt to continue with shots, as your tortoises kidneys could shut down.
Hope everyone else fares better.

TORTOISE PSA: PLEASE READ

Pneumonia is currently spreading in California tortoises.
IF YOUR TORTOISE BEGINS TO BUBBLE AT THE NOSE OR HAVE A RUNNY NOSE, TAKE THEM TO A VET IMMEDIATELY. Tortoises will not show symptoms until the disease is already very serious, but if any of your tortoises stop eating them you might want to keep them isolated.
This had already claimed three of our tortoises. We will most likely have to put them down. Our other two have been able to recover as of now.
The only think that will really help is putting them on baytril for ten days.
EVEN THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED TO HELP.
You also should not let your tortoises hibernate if they have symptoms, as their bodies will not hold up.
If the ten days of baytril doesn’t help, do not attempt to continue with shots, as your tortoises kidneys could shut down.
Hope everyone else fares better.