Braces Help Wounded Sea Turtle Return To Wild

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A wounded sea turtle has recovered after a trip to the orthodontist. "Andre," an endangered green turtle, suffered a deep cut in his shell when he was hit by a boat propeller. Florida's Palm Beach Post reported on the treatments he received, including being fitted with braces to pull his shell back together. Now the 171-pound turtle is being released — and doesn't need a retainer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

A wounded sea turtle has recovered after a trip to the orthodontist. Andre, an endangered green turtle, suffered a deep cut in his shell when he was hit by a boat propeller. Florida's Palm Beach Post reported on the treatments he received, including being fitted with braces. His caretakers turned a key to gradually pull the shell back together. More than a year later, the 171-pound turtle is being released and doesn't need a retainer.

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