Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Denture Glue to Repair a Turtle's Shell...Amazing!

This is a very old story from 2013 but a good one! It is always great to hear about modern "human" remedies being successfully used for animals.  In this case, a sea turtle was saved...with denture glue. 

Denture glue is something that you would think to only use for one thing.. dentures..right? Well a turtle rehab center in Florida turned to it in a last ditch effort to save the life of a sea turtle. The 40 pound turtle was brought into the center with a 10 inch crack on its shell from being struck by a boat. With a fractured shell, a turtle becomes vulnerable to infection on top of the danger of the cracked shell to begin with.

After unsuccessfully repairing turtle shells with various marine epoxies and dental glues in the past, the center turned to a local dentist to see if there was something new they could try.

After researching and brainstorming, they used a waterproof denture resin to repair the break in the shell and then fitted it with prosthetic pieces to replace the missing shell pieces.

At last check, the treatment is holding and the sea turtle is no longer in critical condition.

Another successful animal rescue story! I love it!  

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