Meet Audrey, spokes-turtle for Toronto-based turtle rescue organization

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News
January 4, 2013
Audrey the turtle's shell will never form correctly.
Audrey the turtle's shell will never form correctly.

Audrey the turtle spent the first 20 years of her life living in a bucket, surviving on a nutrient-deficient diet of egg whites. As she grew, the red-eared slider survived by deforming to fit her cramped home.

"Over time, her shell started to look strange: individual scutes warped in lumpy, asymmetrical ways and her carapace twisted upwards like an umbrella caught in a storm. Audrey needed help, but didn't get it for twenty years," a Buzzfeed contributer wrote.

When Audrey's owner died, she was brought to a shelter to be put down. Fortunately for the reptile, a vet intervened and gave her a second chance at life.

"Audrey had a blood test, her shell was cleaned, and she was treated with fluids, vitamins and calcium. She started eating a balanced diet that strengthened her shell (although it would never grow back to a normal shape)," Toronto.ca said of the rescued turtle.

Audrey shares her own story on Facebook:

"I was transferred between specialists before ending up at the Little RES Q turtle rescue in Toronto Ontario Canada. Now I'm part of their team as a spokes-turtle for animal cruelty against reptiles."

Audrey is now Little RES Q's spokes-turtle, teaching the public about how to properly care for turtles.

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Audrey even joined Twitter, which quickly made her an online sensation.

"I'm an animal cruelty case with a happy ending. I now speak for turtles everywhere," her Twitter bio states.

Audrey's "happy ending" includes living in a large tank at Little RES Q with a soft platform that protects her soft shell from any further damage.

Follow her story on Facebook here.