Philadelphians are being urged to help save a turtle that was seriously injured and died.
The turtle was rescued from the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, March 14, 2017.
Philadelphi Zoo officials said the animal was transported to the zoo in Elmwood Park, where it was put into a specially-designed container for the first time in months.
It’s the first turtle the zoo has cared for for two years.
The animal, named Philadelphis, was taken to the Elmwood Zoo for further evaluation, but it was pronounced dead when the zoo arrived at the hospital.
According to a statement, Philadelphia Zoo officials were able to save the animal because of the care and attention of staff.
“The Turtleback was a special animal to us.
She was a beautiful and beloved animal,” the statement read.
“We have always cared for animals in our care and are heartbroken by the loss of this turtle.”
Philadelphi officials said that Philadelpha Zoo is committed to keeping its animals healthy and well.
The zoo is also providing $1,000 to the family of the turtle.
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