From The LAist:
“X-rays revealed four pellets lodged in the muscle of Bruce’s throat, however there was no damage to arteries or major organs so they’ll likely stay put as removing them could potentially cause more injury. It is believed the turtle was shot some time ago, and based on the pellet position at the bottom of his neck veterinarians suggest Bruce was shot when he lifted his head out of the water to take a breath.”
Parents cover your childrens’ ears (eyes I guess). OK?
FUCK THAT!!!! What on earth possesses some jerk-off cowboy to shoot an endangered sea turtle in the neck as it surfaces for air? Is not like they are a threat to your life or competing with your food sources. These stories come up from time to time about a seals or sea lion getting shot in Oregon, and now pelicans are showing up with gun wounds offshore from my town, Wilmington. One theory is that fishermen are shooting the wildlife because they are taking their fish. This has never been proven and the killers are still out there. Some of these animals are protected, so it is a FELONY to intentionally harm protected wildlife.
Thankfully in the case of Bruce, the sea turtle, quick-thinking and well-trained wildlife veterinarians were able to save his life and help him make a recovery. The veterinarians at Sea World in San Diego hope to release him back into wild. Just how important is it that we save every individual sea turtle?
“A rare mature adult, “He’s one of the few animals that are actually capable of breeding, and so he could be a key animal for the population,” Nollens continued”