This truly has to be one of the most fulfilling sights you will be seeing. Rocky, a green sea turtle estimated to be around 25 to 30 years old, has always struggled to swim after he was hit by a boat at an early age, due to which he lost his front right flipper and also had a shell damage.
However, the federal government in Florida, USA, deemed Rocky to be unfit to be released into the wild and he was rescued by an aquarium in 2001. Since then, he has been using a life jacket style to float. But things started to change when the aquarium contacted prosthetist, Kevin Carroll.
The animal lover met Rocky and took his measurements to build a custom-made prosthetic flipper. The project would normally cost around $6000. After days of hard work and desire to help the turtle, things panned out according to the plan.
And finally, it was time for Rocky to swim thanks to the work of animal lover, Carroll, who did he fantastic job with the prosthetic flipper. Mr Carroll, who usually works with human patients, said ‘it was absolutely breathtaking’ to see him use the flipper.
He said: “We put it on and off he went swimming. It was fantastic to see.
“We put so much focus into making sure the prosthetic was correct so once he got into the water it was a wow moment.
“Before he got into the water he had great control over the flipper so I was thrilled with that.
“It was just amazing. It was absolutely breathtaking.”
Rocky has since been using the limb for an hour every day, as well as undergoing regular physical therapy, and is no longer swimming in circles.
Mr Carroll said from his experiences, he has found turtles to have an amazing enthusiasm and can-do attitude.
He said: “I usually work with humans and I just worked with a child who had this great energy and a wonderful spirit.
“I find that with turtles they have an energy about them, a willingness to work with you. It’s incredible to see.
“If they could talk, I think they would be saying, ‘Let’s do this.'”
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