In February we had an unusual visitor. A long-necked turtle was found in the garden of a local resident who brought it to us as she was unsure of what to do with it. She was also concerned that the turtle may have been injured as she could see a crack in its shell. Dr Andrea gave the turtle a full check over and it was in really good shape. The turtle was very strong - we could tell by the way it kept trying to escape from us! The crack in its shell turned out to be an old wound that had long since healed. This meant that there was a deformity in its shell but it was not a cause for concern.
If you find any lost or stranded wildlife, you can call Wildlife Victoria on 13000 WILDLIFE or 1300 094 535 to get advice. Or you can call your local vet clinic or bring the animal to the clinic in person. Remember to take precaution when handling a wildlife, ensuring you and the wildlife are not in any danger. Unless injured, most animals just need to be released into a safe area.