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Sea turtle receives care at U of M Veterinary Medical Center

Oyster has called the Mall of America home for over 16 years.

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center welcomed a unique patient this past week.

Oyster, an 84-pound sea turtle, has spent 16 years in the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America. Now, after experiencing increasing difficulties with her abnormal front left flipper, she received a computerized tomography (CT) scan.

“We think she may have arthritis,” said Amy Kizer, a veterinarian with Sea Life. “But we want to make sure she can live a long, healthy life.”

It’s a lot responsibility to care for an animal on the endangered species list,  especially when their natural habitat is underwater.

“We work very hard to keep our animals healthy,” said Kizer. “It’s a big operation to bring her here.”

Oyster is expected is set to be back in her exhibit this week.

See the full story from KARE 11 here.

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