Vet nurse Danni Johnston, of Barolin Veterinary Hospital, has been helping to treat injured turtles after a dried out drain caused them to cross the road while trying to find a new home.
Vet nurse Danni Johnston, of Barolin Veterinary Hospital, has been helping to treat injured turtles after a dried out drain caused them to cross the road while trying to find a new home. Scottie Simmonds

Turtles inundate vet clinic

A VETERINARY clinic has been inundated with injured turtles after a dried-up drain forced many of the animals to risk it on the road.

The Barolin Veterinary Hospital has treated several of the reptiles, who have lost their habitat after a drain at the intersection of Goodwood Road and the Ring Road no longer filled with water.

Barolin Veterinary Hospital nurse Teneil Snale said the clinic released three turtles back into the wild yesterday.

“They all started coming in on Monday,” she said.

“Some had cracked shells and one was deceased.

“But we have also had reports of some just squashed on the road.”

Ms Snale said if people saw more turtles along the road, the clinic was happy for people to drop them off for treatment.

“Bring them in and we will treat them and release them,” she said.

Queensland Wildlife Carers and Volunteers wildlife carer Christine Wynne said the turtles' loss of habitat would have sparked the move.

“Drivers should keep an eye out for them,” she said.

“If possible, people should also slow down just in case there are some on the road.

“They are easy to see, so if you are driving along they should be pretty visible.”

Mrs Wynne said people who found uninjured turtles could also drop them into a waterway close by.

Residents who see the turtles can leave them at the Barolin Veterinary Hospital or contact Queensland Wildlife Carers and Volunteers on 4159 6431.



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