A couple a day after I wrote My Poor Handsome Turtle, the stupid mother (read: me!) went to school in a hurry and didn’t attach the divider properly. I came home finding the divider slightly tilt. Papoe was still on his side and Kurome was on his basking on the other side. The gap was enough for Papoe to cross to Kuro’s side but I found him still in his side of the tank…however, Kuro’s tail gave me a shock!
There’s no skin on it! He was already healing and the old wound already dried….but that day (Monday, November 10) I found no skin on his tail.
I didn’t know (till this day) whether Papoe was the one biting his tail (because the divider was tilt) or Kuro himself scratch it off with his claws. Whichever it was, I couldn’t let that skin exposed like that without proper care. I immediately applied betadine but the skin was wet and the betadine quickly smeared off.
I was so worry and immediately texted my principal asking her whether I can leave school earlier to go to a doctor. She asked me what’s wrong and I told her it isn’t me, it’s my turtle, I had to take him to a vet. She was rather confused (not many people take their pets to the vet here…and I am used to such reaction whenever I took my babies to a vet) but she said yes.
I went home after I supervised my students on their final exam. I put Kuro on a bag with an old cloth in it.
First, I went to Rumah Sakit Hewan Ragunan (Raguna’s Hospital for Animals). I went there because that’s where I took Kame in 2010. I only know that place and the Vet was good. I registered Kuro and waited to be called. About 10 minutes later I was called and told that the Vet who specialized on turtle was not at the hospital, I could come back again tomorrow. Can other doctor help him? I asked, he said no. I was heartbroken and he told to try another place near the hospital.
Fortunately Ragunan is where Jakarta’s zoo is located, so we can find more than one vet. I walked to a place called Pengayom Hewan (not sure how to translate pengayom, but hewan means animal) about 200 meters from the hospital and they told me they can’t help a turtle.
I AM SO ANNOYED!!! Why is it so difficult for them to help a turtle? Pets are not only Cats and Dogs, you know!!!
Then I remembered a place near the main road. I didn’t know whether it’s a hospital or what but it has hewan written on it. I walked another 200 meters and found the place. I had to asked the security whether that place has vets or not. And the security told me a lot. That place is actually a Puskeswan (Centre for animal’s helth), it’s a government institution and the doctors are specialized on any animals including reptiles and fishes.
We waited for 5 minutes and the vet came. No registration needed…just like Puskesmas (centre for people’s health) near my dorm.
I like the vet, he seems like he really cares with the animal. He looked at Kuro, hold him gently and asked what had happened. When he put Kuro on the scale and Kuro tried to run, he even said don’t run dear. So I know he cares🙂
Kuro weight only about 200 gram so it was impossible to give him any shot. He was too light. The vet went for a while to take something. I took a picture of the room while he was away.
He came back and sprayed Kuro’s tail with purple liquid. He said it’s an antibiotic. Let it dry and hope Kuro’s wound wouldn’t get infected.
He also gave me an ointment which contain chloramphenicol, I know what it was ( I studied it at college). It’s an antibiotic to prevent infection and inflammation. He also told me to soak his tail in Potassium permanganate (fortunately I have one in my laboratory). He said to wait for three days, if the wound still wet then we will find a way to inject him with medicine.
So…since Tuesday (November 11), Kuro has been spending most of his time outside the tank. In order for his tail to dry, I have to keep him away from the water. I put him in the tank for 30 minutes to have his meal and have a swimming time. Then I take him out. I only put his head inside the water once in few hours so that he will not get dehydrated.
I soak his tail several time a day and then apply the ointment.
Today is Saturday and I am so happy he is doing well. his wound has dried (thank God, Kurome doesn’t have to get any injection)
I am still going to keep him away from water as much as possible to avoid bacteria from the water. However, today I am going home so he will spend more than 24 hours in the water…I have to do that because it’s impossible to keep him on the loose unsupervised for that long. But he won’t be in the same tank with Papoe, I’ll be using a third tank (not permanent) which I use to keep my clothes before being ironed.
Hopefully my handsome turtle can get his black skin back soon.