Chattanooga wildlife rehabilitator warns ‘something very, very bad is happening’ to area’s box turtles

September 29, 2022- Chattanooga Times Free Press
By Emily Crisman

Photo by Kathryn Dudeck

Most years, Chattanooga wildlife rehabilitator Juniper Russo treats up to two box turtles suffering from upper respiratory infections. Since March of this year, she’s treated 22 turtles from the Chattanooga area with eye and ear infections at her wildlife rescue facility, For Fox Sake. She said when turtles are deficient in vitamin A, they develop inflammation in their eyes and especially in their ears, which can cause abscesses. 

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