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  1. Guz736

    Guz736 New Member

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    When I got home today I peeked on my back door and saw my desert tort on my sons soccer net. I immediately went out to check on him and found him unresponsive, tangled in the net with some blood.
    I soaked him in some warm water but he is not responding. His head is tucked in, eyes sunken and is limp.
    Could he have passed from overheating?
    I am extremely devastated. :(
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    So very sorry. Yes could have passed from over heating very easily.
    What was the temps today and was he in the sun?
    Was the netting around his neck where he could have been strangled?
    It sounds like he has passed. But if your not sure keep soaking him in some warm water and keep an eye on him the whole time to see if he comes too.
    Again very sorry
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    The temps were in the high 80s today and he was in the sun. The netting was around his legs, two front and the right rear. How long should I be soaking him for?
    I feel so guilty for not putting the soccer net away. Really beating myself up for this... I usually pick it up but forgot to pick it up today :’(
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Sadly they overheat very very easily. I do not know what to say but sorry. Poor little guy
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I know exactly how you feel. This past weekend I put a young leopard out for the first time and when I went back later to get him he was on his back, dead.

    We always go through the self recriminations - I should have, it's my fault, etc.

    I'm so very sorry this happened. Very sad.
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    Checked on him this morning and he is still unresponsive. He is warm to the touch and is still limp and doesn’t smell. I’m going to soak him again and see if anything changes in the next 24 hours before burying our little guy :(
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    I would probably wait until she starts to smell just to be on the safe side I don't like burying tortoise until they start to smell. That's just me though
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    I am so sorry this happened. My husband has a friend whose Desert Tortoise also died from getting tangled in a soccer net. Everyone please be careful having things on the ground that your tortoise can get tangled up in. :(
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    Yvonne: I am so sorry this happened. I lost one of my Russian tortoises this year and I still cry when I think about it.
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