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Hamburger Needed More than TLC



Hamburger, nine years old, has been with us about one year and is now making his debut on the Wildlife Club. You canít help but notice something unusual about him Ė his shell and body seem wrong for each other. And thatís exactly the problem! Someone found the box turtle as a hatchling eight years ago. They did their best in taking care of him, giving him everything he was supposed to eat and more. What they didnít give him was time outside in the sunlight or UV rays indoors, necessary for turtles like Hamburger.

Without the UV rays, his shell never grew properly. Itís so small and deformed that he canít pull inside like other box turtles to protect himself from predators or the elements. As a result, he canít be kept outside in the sunlight for very long, nor can he hibernate with our other turtles, so he stays mostly inside with a UV light.

However, he is a very sweet and friendly little guy and loves to be around staff, who enjoy giving him attention. Hamburger earned his name because it was the first thing that came to our zoo General Managerís mind when he saw him Ė an extra large burger on a small bun. Heís now available on the Wildlife Club for sponsorship, and if you sponsor him, you know what youíll be .... Yup! a Hamburger helper. Heíd like that so long as heís nowhere near a pan! So go sponsor him now!

12/4/2006

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