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Bob Irwin sends turtle on its way after croc attack

GOING HOME: Wildlife conservationist Bob Irwin visited Keppel Bay Marina to help release Amanda, a loggerhead turtle who was injured in a crocodile attack six months ago.
GOING HOME: Wildlife conservationist Bob Irwin visited Keppel Bay Marina to help release Amanda, a loggerhead turtle who was injured in a crocodile attack six months ago. Rachael Conaghan

AFTER losing a limb in a vicious crocodile attack, Amanda wasn't expected to live.

But the loggerhead turtle is a fighter, and six months after she was found caught up in the mangroves in Ross Creek, Yeppoon, she has been released back into the ocean.

Wildlife conservationist Bob Irwin travelled to Keppel Bay Marina for the release yesterday, and said turtle releases were something he always got excited about.

"Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species and they are very important to the environment, as is any other native wildlife," he said.

"I saw photos of this turtle when it came in… it was almost dead the poor thing, and it's suffered for a long time."

Amanda spent the past six months at Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre where volunteers nursed her back to health.

Centre owner Bob McCosker said when they received Amanda she was in the worst state that he's ever seen in a live animal.

"She came into our centre effectively dead; she was in a really bad way," he said.

"We gave her no chance of survival, but here we are six months later."

One of Amanda's front flippers was torn off at the joint when she was attacked by a crocodile, with her other flipper badly injured and a tooth putting a hole in her head.

Mr McCosker said they had never had a crocodile attack victim at Quoin, and Amanda is also the first loggerhead which makes her doubly special.

Topics:  bob irwin, keppel bay marina, turtle




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