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Turtle airlifted 400km for medical care

Spring might be a nice season for humans, but it's a deadly time for turtles.
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Michael Hiscock, May 19, 2013 11:59:25 PM

It’s been a long ride for Porter the turtle.

Spring might be a nice season for humans, but it can be a deadly one for animals like him. It’s a time when many turtles go out in search for water to lay their eggs, but that process leaves them vulnerable to incoming vehicles when crossing roads or pathways.

Porter was unlucky this year. He was hit by a car in Sarnia, Ontario, in an area where a nearby wildlife shelter couldn’t help. But his luck quickly changed after the accident, when a non-profit organization named Pilots N Paws came to his rescue.

Made up of volunteer pilots and plane owners with a big heart for animals, the organization dispatched one of its members to fly out and find the injured animal. A pilot from Windsor found Porter bleeding, with severe injuries to his face.

He was quickly loaded onto a two-seater plane, where Porter became the first turtle to be flown to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre in Peterborough. The medical staff pumped him full of painkilling medication, and suddenly, Porter’s day was starting to get a lot better. The trauma centre team says he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Just another reason to look both ways before crossing the street!

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