Wildlife Wednesday: Gilbert the Long-neck Turtle

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is overflowing with turtles following the recent floods.

Dr Michael Pyne told myGC a whole range of freshwater turtles required treatment at the hospital, mainly for shell fractures. “Gilbert is one of the turtles that came into our care. She was likely washed up onto dry land when the creeks overflowed and then when the water retreated, she has gone wondering and been hit by a car,” he said.

“Her shell fracture will heal but it is a slow process. We have glued a sewing hook to each side of the fracture, and then used wire to tighten the fracture together.”


Dr Pyne believes it will be a long route to recovery for Gilbert, with her release date not until September at the earliest.

See Gilbert swimming in her enclosure and see her shell fracture up close in the video below:

For more information on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit: cwhf.org.au/