Veterinarians say the very lucky (or perhaps very wise) turtle arrived to the hospital not a moment too soon. In addition to the missing limb, he is also suffering from Fibropapillomatosis, a disease which causes cauliflower-like tumors that is often deadly among sea turtles when left untreated.
"The great thing about our patients is that they don't require health insurance," Zirkelbach said. "Everyone gets treated."
The animal, dubbed Yertle, is said to be in critical condition, though his odds are infinitely better now than had he not found the help he needed.