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Today is the day you learn about Goody the sea turtle. The Thai sea turtle lost its fin years ago after it was entangled in a fishing net and left it motionless, reports Reuters. But now, the adorable sea turtle can return to a seemingly normal life. The endangered golf turtle can now “swim easily again, after receiving Thailand’s first prosthetic fin last week.”
According to the veterinarian who was part of the team that developed Goody’s prosthetic fin, Nantarika Chansue, “is swimming much better and is learning to use both fins to spin. You can see the difference.”
These efforts to build prosthetic limbs for animals have been developing for a year. The publication reports that Thai environmental authorities and researchers at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok “have been working to develop prostheses for injured seat turtles following similar projects in Japan and the United States.”
The veterinarian Chansue also said that “although the prostheses will not help injured turtles to be fit enough to return to the sea, they are destined to improve their quality of life in captivity.”
The veterinarian added: “We are trying to develop some of the best ever created in the world.”
Other sea turtles that have benefited from this are Allison, an Atlantic green sea turtle, which in 2005 was found on the beach of South Padre Island in Texas after a predatory attack.
According to Sea Turtle Inc in the state of Texas, Allison survived the attack but only with a fin. After years of successful rehabilitation, Allison received a prosthetic fin in 2009, becoming one of the first successful sea turtle prosthesis devices in the world.
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