Stranded: 11-23-2016


Toco is a 16 pound juvenile Atlantic green that was found entangled in fishing line with the rod still attached. The fishing line was wrapped so tightly around the right front flipper, that the flipper could not be saved. While undergoing surgery at Gladys Porter Zoo, several Fibropapilloma tumors were also removed.

He has recovered well from the amputation surgery and is out of ICU and recovering in an outdoor rehabilitation tank.

December update:  Toco's sutures were removed on 12/10. The amputation site appears to be healing well. Toco is receiving cold laser therapy and has been eating well. He is swimming with PJ, Jet, and Key.

January update: Toco had surgery at the Gladys Porter Zoo today. Toco's body is tumor free! Continuing to receive cold laser therapy.

February update: Toco is still receiving cold laser therapy at the amputation site, and alas, very small tumors have become noticeable around the eyes. This turtle will be scheduled for surgery soon. On the plus side, it is now at 18.1 lbs.

February update:  Eye tumors are mostly gone! Thank you, Dr. Tom!

March update: Small tumor regrowth noted on 3/20. Will be scheduled for surgical removal soon.

April update: Toco had surgery to remove the regrowth tumor. He will be scheduled for tumor removal around the eyes soon.

May update: Toco has recuperated from his last surgery. Weighs in at 23 lbs now! Still awaiting tumor removal in the right eye.