|Christmas Miracle: Turtle Get Braces|
|Associated Press News Wire (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:39:05 -0600
Hermie the Turtle's little defective beak made meal time a|
struggle. Unable to close his mouth completely, the tiny 20-gram
reptile's very existence was at stake.
But today, this map turtle has a new lease on life thanks to the work
"I've worked on animals before but nothing this small," said Dr. Peter
After receiving Hermie in May, zookeepers at the New York State Zoo in
"He may have adapted to eat like this, or he may have not made it,"
Turtles, who are toothless, use their beaks to break food down before
After Baier injected Hermie with two anesthetics Wednesday morning,
During a meeting with reporters, the doctors placed the immobile
While Hermie recuperates, zookeepers will remove the rubber bands once
"It's very exciting and I was glad to help," said Virga, who's performed
Baier's wife, Angela, the zoo's executive director, said she was
"Miracles happen this time of the year," she said. "Hopefully his beak
Information from: Watertown Daily Times, http://www.watertowndailytimes.com
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Good for Hermie! It is really great
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