SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of snapping turtles have hatched at an Ann Arbor-area veterinary hospital after their pregnant mother was found injured in a mall trash can.
Twenty-eight baby turtles were born this week after spending 75 days in an incubator at Emergency Veterinary Hospital Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1w8gpov ) reported.
A worker emptying trash cans discovered the 1-foot long mother turtle in June. She was admitted to the clinic with a broken jaw and severe head injuries. She also had sepsis, a severe illness that’s caused by bacterial infection.
Workers gave her the name “Mama Kohl” as a nod to the department store at which she was rescued.
Dr. Lindsay Ruland said she would have been euthanized but an X-ray showed she was pregnant with 51 eggs. Clinic staff induced labor twice to get her to lay all of the eggs. Just over half of them survived because the other 23 eggs didn’t have enough fluid in their shells.
Mama Kohl died of sepsis in July.
Ruland said she is working with the state’s Department of Natural Resources to release the baby turtles into the wild.
According to the department, snapping turtles are fairly common in Michigan. The females usually bury 10 to 96 eggs in June, and the baby turtles are born several months later.
Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor