We are very sad to share that due to developing a severe and untreatable infection, our baby Galapagos tortoise Pinta has had to be euthanased.
Pinta hatched pre-maturely last December, with abnormal shell development of her plastron (the underside part of the tortoise shell), including the area which had been attached to the umbilical cord when she was inside the shell. Despite this problem she ate well and had started to grow. Unfortunately part of this abnormal shell area did not heal properly and allowed severe infection to invade the shell and internal organs.
“Along with our ectotherm keepers, my veterinary colleagues and I monitored her very closely as she grew. We were encouraged to see her eating, growing and moving well. Once we saw the infected area of shell we began to investigate, including Xrays, a CT scan and endoscopy” says the Zoo’s Veterinary Manager, Dr James Chatterton. “Unfortunately the infection had tracked through the abnormal shell and into her abdomen. This severe infection was sadly not treatable and so euthanasia was the necessary and kindest decision”.