Two res­cued log­ger­head tur­tles re­leased

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Two log­ger­head tur­tles were re­leased back to the sae yes­ter­day by Na­ture Trust (Malta) af­ter be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated at the San Luc­jan Cen­tre.

The two tur­tles, named Duygu and Hi­lal, and were res­cued in Au­gust this year with an in­fec­tion and hook in­juries re­spec­tively.

Af­ter be­ing op­er­ated on by Dr An­thony Grup­petta to re­move the hook, they were med­i­cated, fed and cared for by NTM re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion vol­un­teers.

The ma­rine tur­tles were re­leased from Gne­jna Bay this morn­ing and both tur­tles were mi­crochipped for record pur­poses.

NTM is now work­ing with other Mediter­ranean re­hab cen­tres on the de­vel­op­ment of an in­tel­li­gent mi­crochip sys­tem which is be­ing de­signed to keep data records of tur­tle move­ments.

All wildlife Res­cue vol­un­teers are cov­ered by a per­mit from the En­vi­ron­ment Re­source Author­ity.

This year alone, 22 tur­tles have so far been res­cued.

NTM ap­peals to all who find tur­tles not to pull or cut any lines found with the tur­tle as this of­ten re­sults in fur­ther in­jures to the an­i­mal and may cause death.

The NTM Wildlife Res­cue has an emer­gency line which can be called at any time 99999505. Mem­bers of the public can also help by adopt­ing a tur­tle were the costs of adop­tion go to­wards the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of such an­i­mals.

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