Sea Life's sea turtle gets CT scan at U of M

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - When "Oyster" needs medical treatment, it takes an entire team of experts and veterinarians.

"We make sure to be extra cautious," said Dr. Amy Kizer, of Sea Life at the Mall of America.

On Friday, "Oyster" the sea turtle needed a CT scan at the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Minnesota.

The 84-pound member of the endangered species list has spent 16 years at Sea Life, but doctors are worried about one of her flippers.

"We think she may have arthritis," said Dr. Kizer. "But we want to make sure she can live a long, healthy life."

The team of experts had to transport the 26-year-old turtle by truck then carefully sedate her for the scan. "Oyster" hung in there during the tests Friday and doctors will review the results in the days to come.

"We work very hard to keep our animals healthy," she said. "It's a big operation to bring her here."

Sea turtles can live 70 to 80 years. "Oyster" will be back in the Sea Life exhibit by this weekend.

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