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Rescued turtle doing well in Virginia

Jan. 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A cold-stunned sea turtle dubbed Makahiki, which means new year in Hawaiian, was rescued on a Virginia beach New Year's Day, wildlife officials said.

The green sea turtle found on the beach in Sandbridge is responding well to treatment, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center said.

Being cold-stunned can be fatal, and Makahiki's internal body temperature was 39 degrees when it was found, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported.

By Tuesday, the animal's temperature had increased to 70 degrees and it was eating squid on its own, the newspaper reported.

The center's staff expressed optimism the turtle, which weighed 9 pounds when found, will recover and will eventually be returned to the ocean.

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