Our friend, ABL, continues to convalesce! The latest word from Kathryn Dudeck, at Chattahoochee Nature Center, is that ABL was mending well but was still not making full use of that right front shoulder. Kathryn suspects that ABL may have sprained it as he tried to scrape off one of those nasty facial scabs that he had when Jan and Rick Dappen rescued him. ABL is using a “traction mat/therapy pad” to improve his range of mobility. That degree of “rehab” might seem a little extraordinary until you think of his other injuries. He’s got to get into top shape to compensate for the amputation of a rear leg. ABL was one hurt turtle! For those of you who are just joining us, ABL was already ill when he wandered into the road. He was then struck by an automobile. The Dappens happened along and rescued him. Alas, one of his rear legs was too badly damaged to heal. Kathryn also hopes that the warm weather will permit him to get lots more therapeutic sunlight and exercise.
So, when does ABL get out? Kathryn thought mid-April was a “best case scenario”. My guess is that it will probably be early May for everyone to coordinate his “discharge” and transportation back to Mountaintown.