Bubbles, an Atlantic green sea turtle at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, has come a long way from the sick and malnourished state she was found in over a year ago. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the relatively young turtle (only 15 to 20 years old in a predicted lifespan of 80 to 100 years) has been experiencing some eating problems, but none nearly as severe as she'd had when saved in a headline-making animal rescue
effort in the Florida Keys.
When rescued, Bubbles underwent CT scans at the Creighton University Medical Center. The radiologists found she had a large mass blockage in her cloaca, which made digestion difficult. Henry Doorly Zoo's director of animal health, Doug Armstrong, worked to clear up Bubbles' issues, after which she began to develop a health appetite, eating six or so lettuce heads daily.
However, Armstrong notes that "we haven't resolved all of her medical problems." Bubbles hasn't been eating lettuce lately and her appetite has seemed to wane, the new source reports.
Atlantic green sea turtles are considered endangered in Florida and off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and threatened everywhere else. There are an estimated 200 to 1,100 nest off the coast of Florida each year, in contrast to the 22,500 females that nest off the coast of Costa Rica annually, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.