ACES nurses severely wounded, tortured croc back to health

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Phineas – a crocodile on the brink of death who was rescued from torture and starvation in March has fully recuperated after months of treatment and rehabilitation and is now safely back in the wild and away from the people who tried to kill him.

Phineas was rescued in mid March of this year after concerned people had seen him with his head injured on a seawall in San Pedro. He had been there all day, and was slowly dying from a deep injury on the top of his neck, and from starvation. His captors had tied his mouth shut and left him in the lagoon to die.

Doctor Ines Ventura performing surgery to save the animal's life

Doctor Ines Ventura performing surgery to save the animal’s life

Rescuers from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) went to the location and discovered the animal in such dire straits that they thought the crocodile would surely die. “The wound was just too big to close itself, so big in fact we could fit a whole hand inside. Whoever did it just missed his spinal column. We could actually see it when we were cleaning the wound,” Chris Summers of ACES told the Reporter this week.

ACES volunteers took Phineas to their emergency holding pen, and Veterinarian, Dr. Ines Ventura of the San Pedro Animal Hospital operated on him and stitched up the wound up as best as possible, during a two-hour-long procedure, which ultimately saved his life. The experts are convinced that the wound was the result of human cruelty because if it was caused by another crocodile, there would have been wounds on the underside of the animal’s neck.

Over the course of one month, they routinely cleaned the wound, administered antibiotics, and force fed the croc because he was so sick and weak that he could not eat on his own.

Phineas fully recovered after many months of treatment and rehabilitation

Phineas fully recovered after many months of treatment and rehabilitation

Eventually Phineas regained strength and began to eat on his own and showed signs of a full recovery, until eventually, his wound fully healed and he was released recently, far from where he had been found suffering and almost dead.

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