Some of you may recall ABJ, who we found in August, 2015. He was a big male with what appeared to be a bigger problem –
His left leg was so swollen that he was unable to withdraw it into his shell. That problem, in turn, prevented him from shutting his shell to protect his head and front limbs. The swelling and absence of at least two toes indicated a serious infection. It wasn’t a promising situation. It was hard to imagine that he’d survive the winter if he were very ill and incapable of shielding his head and forelegs from predators while he brumated.
We’re now pleased to report that he turned up last night, and his leg is looking much better! He has a little weight loss. That may actually be due to the reduced swelling. The healing abilities of these little guys is remarkable. He was only about 90 feet from where he was found in 2015. He was weighed, measured, and sent back on his way. Good luck, ABJ!