Beach Betty

Stranded 03-16-2017

 

Beach Betty is a 60 lb. Kemp's ridley that was found upside down way up the beach at mile marker 19. There is substantial evidence of a predator attack. The left front flipper is almost completely missing and there are numerous lacerations all over her body. Some of the body damage does appear older than other. The most severe damage was  on the right rear flipper and the right side of her neck. Betty had surgical debridement done at Gladys Porter Zoo on March 29. This procedure removes necrotic material from wounds and helps in the healing process. Betty is also on a regimen of antibiotics, vitamins, minerals and fluids, and is receiving cold laser treatments at all accessible wounds. To date, she has not shown any interest in eating on her own.