MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida dentist used denture repair adhesive to help mend an endangered green sea turtle's fractured shell.
Fred Troxel used the acrylic resin to bond two metal orthopedic plates across a 10-inch split in the injured animal's shell. On Thursday he examined Elena, a 40-pound adolescent reptile he had treated the day before.
The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys has been caring for Elena for a month, since the creature was recovered from a Key West beach. Officials believe the turtle washed up after it was hit by a boat.
Hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach says she is optimistic Elena can one day be released into the wild, but the reptile faces a lengthy road to a full recovery. She also has several fibropapilloma tumors that must be surgically removed.