Friday, November 28, 2008

Veterinarian Uses Honey On Injured Sea Turtles

Associated Press, 11/27/2008

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Months after Duffy suffered grievous cuts from a boat propeller, the 75-pound loggerhead sea turtle circles her tank flashing glimpses of the deep wound her veterinarians have plugged with what looks like some sort of milky, mystery paste.

The sticky stuff vets at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center have used to seal Duffy's wound may have saved her life. It's a new treatment for injured sea turtles that has roots in ancient Rome -- and it's about as low-tech as medicine gets.

The mystery paste is actually beeswax from a mashed-up honeycomb, generously coated with honey...

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