Happy Sunny after surgery, photo provided by Dr. Moshe Oz.

West Kelowna vet saves turtle from hook

Dr. Moshe Oz removed fish hook lodged in the turtle’s throat

A West Kelowna veterinarian has released a turtle back into a pond after surgically removing a large fishing hook from the reptile’s throat.

Dr. Moshe Oz of the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital and his son named the turtle Sunny and sent him on his way Saturday.

“Here is the big moment! And a great night for the family! Big hugs to everyone,” wrote Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz says the hook was meant for catching salmon and there was a bob on it, which made it difficult to remove.

“It was a large hook and I couldn’t just pull it out, I had to cut open the turtles throat and remove it surgically,” said Dr. Oz.

He says the turtle came from Shannon Lake and wouldn’t have been able to survive if he wasn’t brought into the Veterinary Hospital.

“If you catch something that isn’t a fish, you should bring it to a vet immediately, and try not to use large hooks or bobs,” said Dr. Oz.


@LarynGilmour
laryn.gilmour@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Sunny the turtle during surgery, photo provided by Dr. Moshe Oz.

Just Posted

In photos: The 27th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

Images from Friday evening and Saturday at the festival grounds.

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

North Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal candidate responds to Trudeau ethics report

Prime Minister’s immediate response to commissioner’s findings appreciated

Shuswap tow truck operator sees high number of collisions this summer

Drivers encouraged to “loosen up behind the wheel, smarten up and read the road”

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Retrieved body from Okanagan Lake identified as missing kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz had been missing since May and was recovered Aug. 10

Paddleboard festival coming soon to Kalamalka Lake

Wildfire smoke got in the way of last year’s event, but conditions look better this summer

Most Read