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HABANERA ALIVE AND WELL AFTER VALENCIA OPERATION

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A spokesman at the centre said that surgery was successful on the fracture and wounds

Not many turtles are privileged by a visit from The Minister of Economy, Industry, Tourism and Employment while they are recovering from an operation but this ‘Loggerhead’ was the exception as Máximo Buch took time out to pay his respects while on a visit to the Oceanographic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on Thursday.

The turtle had been operated on by the veterinary staff on the previous Monday after being rescued by a member of the public on la Cala de la Higuera in Torrevieja a few days earlier.

An examination by local biologist, Juan Antonio Pujol, found it to have a large wound on its face and at the back of the skull affecting a third of the head and nostrils

A spokesman at the centre said that surgery was successful on the fracture and wounds with the tissue returned to its natural position. ith proper care and the amazing healing capacity of these animals, the turtle is expected to make a full recover.

The turtle, weighing 25 kg and numbered 205, was recovered during in Torrevieja the 60th edition of the International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony. As such it was felt that "Habanera" was a suitable name

Since it was first established the Oceanographic department of the Valencia University have dealt with over 200 loggerhead turtles which have been recovered on the Valencia coast by Fishermen, Red Cross and Civil Guard, 90% of which have been treated for a variety of disorders and returned to the seas.

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