- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A little turtle had to make a big trip after a fishhook landed him in the Washington State University Veterinary Hospital.

KPTV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1RjtmEa ) that Sheldon, a Western painted turtle from Billings, Montana, is doing fine after his surgery to remove a hook that was lodged mid-throat past the base of his tongue.

Veterinarians said they think Sheldon either swallowed the fishhook in a fishery or someone may have teased him with the fishing gear and hooked it intentionally.

The procedure to remove the hook took about two hours. He has been fitted with a feeding tube in the incision so he is well fed while healing, once that is removed in a few days the wound will close. Veterinarians say he will likely be returned to the wild soon.

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Information from: KPTV-TV, https://www.kptv.com/

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