CBC ShortDoc
A short documentary was created by Scott Dobson and his team during the summer of 2016, and has competed in (and won!) many prestigious competitions around the world, including in Canada, the USA, and Australia. The documentary showcases the great work that goes on at the OTCC, from the hospital to the hatchlings to the fieldwork! CBC is now featuring the film as part of their shortdoc series. When you have 15 minutes to spare, you can watch it here: http://www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/fix-and-release

How do you fix an injured turtle? With modern veterinary medicine — and zip ties, duct tape and crazy glue.

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is a little-known turtle trauma centre in Peterborough, Ontario. Every year, injured turtles arrive at the centre after collisions with cars and boats.

Most freshwater turtle species in Canada are endangered due to loss of habitat and modern human interference. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands, and every saved turtle makes a difference.

Veterinarian Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are developing their own groundbreaking approach to reptile medicine — an approach that includes zip ties, duct tape and crazy glue. Of their work at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, she says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.

This visually stunning film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before, highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injuries.