It was suspected to have been in someone's ownership for several weeks to months without proper nourishment. Our vet examination (Dr. Vizzcarondo of Broadway Animal Hospital) concluded that he was full of intestinal parasites and severely dehydrated. The markings appear to have been done by a young person, perhaps teenager or young adult, based on the writing found on him. Iron/B12/fluids and removal of the (later identified as permanent marker) markings was successful, but unfortunately, too late as his body was already beyond the ability of recovery. The parasitic infestation likely lead to the rapid decline of the tortoise's health. We were not given enough time with him to safely begin the deworming treatment. We are thankful to both citizens who rescued these tortoises and will keep you updated on the other (smaller) tortoise as time progresses.
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