Eastern Courier : January 11th 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 5 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 11, 2013 NEWS GET UP AND PORTS OF AUCKLAND ROUND THE BAYS 2013 SUNDAY 10TH MARCH GET A STEP AHEAD Download a training schedule from roundthebays.co.nz Fax: 265 2453 Mob: 021 523 593 • Unit D, 3 Redcastle Dr, Dannemora Medical Centre 215 7284 5103791A A Are you looking for Beautiful smile you once had? We are here for you with friendly registered clinical dental technician is ready to listen and able to focused delivering premium denture to you. "We make, Fix and fit for your smile." We Provide: • New Denture (Full/Partial) • Repair • Reline/Soft-liner • Sport Mouth Guard • Bite Splint • Cleaning & Polishing WINZ, VISA and Insurance Free Complimentary Consultation/Quotation Easy Parking Home and Hospital service available for lesser abled Guaranteed professional service 10% OFF New Year Special Promotion till March 2013 Opening Hours: Mon -- Fri 9:00am -- 5:30pm Weekend and Evening appointments available Lilly's friend helps healing process By DUBBY HENRY Fissure fixed: Vet April Jones uses fibreglass to stabilise Lilly's shell. Best mates: Red-eared slider turtles Lilly, left, and Sprout are helping each other to heal. Clarice Ford Lilly the turtle is slowly com- ing out of her shell. The traumatised reptile was the victim in a domestic dispute when she was thrown from a moving car in Mangawhai several months ago. Her shell was cracked and infection had set in when Papakura s Turtle Lady stepped in to help. Clarice Ford runs the Tur- tle Haven Charitable Trust from her backyard, rescuing reptiles that have been abu- sed, abandoned or just need a little love. She has nursed Lilly back to health, force-feeding her with a syringe and giving her antibiotics. Lilly, who is a red-eared slider, is the sweetest tur- tle , Ms Ford says. She doesn t bite even though I give her needles every second day. She never hisses or any- thing -- her personality s just so placid. Lilly is looking much bet- ter thanks to a shell oper- ation. But the trauma has taken its toll and she suffers from extreme shyness in social settings. The only one who can draw her out of her shell is a young red-eared turtle called Sprout who came to Turtle Haven after being attacked by a dog. The tiny companion is like a little nurse , Ms Ford says. He brings out Lilly s inquisitive nature and she follows him wherever he goes. "He gets her out of the water; it s really good. She likes his company. Lilly s shell was held together with wire, putty and tape but as it began to heal the wire became a hin- drance. April Jones at the Ard- more Vet offered to do an operation free because Ms Ford is a frequent client. The crack started knitting but was still vulnerable. Dr Jones sanded the edges and put clear fibreglass along it to give water protection and in case Lilly takes another knock. It was the first time the vet had worked with fibre- glass but she says Ms Ford s extensive knowledge of turt- les made it easy. It was a very rewarding thing to do, Dr Jones says. People think of turtles as inanimate rocks with legs on but they do have character. Anyone interested in donating to Turtle Haven or adopting a turtle can call Clarice Ford on 298 9099.
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