2006-07-07 / Community

Wayward Turtle To Be Released After Rehab

After six months in rehab, Ms. Shell - a female turtle that washed up in Manhattan during the winter - will be released Saturday, July 8, at Floyd Bennett Field, according to Dave Lutz of Friends of Gateway.

Ms. Shell appeared in East River Park at Houston Street and the FDR Drive, last December. Female Northern Diamondback Terrapins like Ms. Shell normally bury themselves and hibernate during the winter and emerge in the spring to reproduce in early summer. But when Ms. Shell was found, she had been disturbed from hibernation and was too injured and tired to re-bury herself, Lutz said.

Dr. Finesod, a veterinarian from the Howard Beach Animal Clinic, joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society in nursing the wayward turtle back to health at the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

On Saturday, Ms. Shell will be transported to Floyd Bennett Field via subway and will be at the Gateway Greenhouse Education Center.

Gateway Greenhouse restoration activities start at noon. There will be a potluck snack at 2:30 p.m., and the public is invited to bring food to share. Ms. Shell will be released at 3 p.m., followed by a walk highlighting some of the park's attractions.

For more information contact Friends of Gateway at (212) 228-3126 or the Lower East Side Ecology Center at (212) 477-4022.

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