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Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program and Hol Chan Marine Reserve has a program to care for sick, weak, and injured sea turtles. HCMR has been taking care of a juvenile hawksbill that was found near shore. The turtle clearly had an issue with its flipper. The front left flipper was either broken or it was born with a defect. As the turtle grew so did flipper creating a drag. In order to increase its chances of survival in the wild, after consulting with Dr. Paul Calle, veterinarian with the Wildlife Conservation Society the flipper was amputated. Dr. Calle along with local vet Dr. Orlando Baptist of Saga Humane Society Carried out the procedure. This procedure was very necessary because as the turtle grew the flipper was also growing creating a drag.

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