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Green sea turtle gets life-saving treatment at SeaWorld

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A green sea turtle found near death in the South Bay marshland was recovering Friday, according to SeaWorld San Diego.

The turtle, dubbed Bruce, was discovered by federal scientists Jan. 25, and was in "very lethargic" condition, said SeaWorld's Dave Koontz.

Bruce, who appears to be at least 50 years old, had been tracked by the researchers for some time, but park veterinarians determined he was malnourished, dehydrated and had cuts and trauma to the bottom of his shell, Koontz said.

He said Bruce also had buckshot in his neck from what appeared to be an old wound.

Adult green sea turtles normally weigh about 250 pounds, but Bruce was well under that when he arrived at SeaWorld, Koontz said.

"He has come a long way -- we are pleased with his progress," Koontz said. "The treatment from the veterinarians was really life-saving."

Park officials plan to keep Bruce until summer before returning him to the wild. At this time there are no plans to put him on display, Koontz said.

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