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Sick tortoise swallowed a turtle pendant

The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.
Dr Don Harris of the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami shows the X-ray of a 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola who had swallowed a turtle pendant. Dr Don Harris / AP Photo
Dr Don Harris of the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami shows the X-ray of a 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola who had swallowed a turtle pendant. Dr Don Harris / AP Photo

MIAMI // The source of a sick tortoise’s discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.

Dr Don Harris said the 7 kilogram male African spurred tortoise named Lola had not pooped for a month and began acting sick over the weekend.

Lola’s owner brought him to the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami, which Dr Harris co-owns.

After an X-ray, Harris spotted the small, turtle-shaped object inside his patient.

Lola’s owner told Harris she did not recognise the pendant, but Dr Harris said tortoises graze like cattle. They eat grass, plants and other vegetation, sometimes consuming rocks and other objects as well.

Dr Harris is keeping Lola at his clinic, trying to get the pendant to pass.

If that fails, surgery may follow.

* Associated Press

Updated: October 29, 2014 04:00 AM

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