A baby turtle found dumped in a dustbin in the Mid Sussex area is on the road to recovery.
Heath Veterinary Clinic, in Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint, has been nursing the turtle back to health.
Originally nicknamed Tiny Tim, Tiny Tina (who is actually a girl) was found dumped in a dustbin in the local area and handed in to Heath Vets last week.
She was cold, lethargic and very hungry but once warmed up by the staff, she began to be more active but needed extra TLC before she started eating again.
With a shell about the size of a 50 pence piece, Tiny Tina really is teeny and is thought to be only one month old, although she could live up to 50 years.
Her skin had not shed as well as it should have, but is now looking less flaky and she appears to be on the mend.
Sarah Solomon, Practice Manager of Heath Veterinary Clinic, said: “We were really shocked to have a turtle brought into the clinic and upset to find out she had been dumped.
“Exotic pets are becoming more popular but unfortunately are sometimes sold without the necessary research, habitat or advice.
“It has been very difficult to find a suitable home for Tiny Tina as the local RSPCA centre is temporarily closed at the moment. However, I met with the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (www.esras.co.uk) who have taken her on, ensuring she gets the treatment and care needed.”
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