LAKE JAMES, Ind. (AP) - A 23-year-old Blanding's turtle that has been a fixture at the Pokagon State Park Nature Center since 1998 is back on display after emergency surgery to clear an obstruction from its digestive track.
Mr. Happy began sneezing in May and stopped eating, and an X-ray showed a rock had lodged in the turtle's lower digestive tract.
The Herald Republican in Angola reports a two-hour surgery on May 22 involving two veterinarians successfully removed the rock.
Mr. Happy returned to the zoo May 30. Naturalist Fred Wooley says the turtle was fed worms injected with antibiotics to prevent infection.
Now park officials hope Mr. Happy can look forward to a long life. He's expected to live another five or six decades.
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