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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:59 AM

I hope it's ok to post this here. Feel free to remove mods if not. There seems to be a worrying new trend going around where relative newcomers are advising people to use isotonic drinks for humans to boost tortoises after hibernation. This of course, is not a good idea and given the physiology of the tortoise on the whole and its need to wake slowly after hibernation, could well end in disaster. If hibernation is done correctly, then a tortoise will come back to its normal state at varying degrees, from between a day and several days. Remember that the animals metabolism and breathing has slowed down to virtually nil for several weeks, so to attempt to boost this back to normal in such a way is to risk it's life. In the unlikely event of a tortoise needing extra help after hibernation, please consult a good reptile specialist or a long term keeper or breeder for assistance and never EVER try foolhardy DIY tricks such as red bull. Tortoises don't need wings, they have been doing this quite naturally since the age of the dinosaur.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:05 PM

That is scary and the trouble is a lot of people believe everything they read on the internet and don't necessarily seek experienced advice before acting on it.

Lets hope this doesn't happen and people have more common sense :unsure2:



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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:23 PM

Really!!!!!
This is awfull and people giving out this advice want their heads read!poor things most probs have a heart attack!

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:28 PM

Facebook is great for many things, but sadly a lot of new groups are springing up, run by people who have very little knowledge. That's fine and great that people are talking about their torts, but to start advising on care and feeding is often a dangerous thing. The particular case that triggered this post has today resulted in a dead tortoise sadly :(

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 10:17 PM

Oh no that is so sad!! I know there is a lot of confusing and sometimes conflicting advice out there and I sometimes think that although the internet is great in some ways the "social media sites" often cause more problems than they are worth.Just wish people would have sense to seek out reputable sites for their info - they only have to look at the feedback on somewhere like this to realise that the advice given is sound and from experienced people - guess it is the age that we now live in that facebook et al are seen as the bee all and end all and people don't look at the bigger picture or cant be bothered to find out if what is said is correct. Sorry that was a bit of a rant but cant stand the fact that animals suffer through peoples ignorance :angry2:



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Posted 21 February 2015 - 10:50 PM

I've been invited to and left so many groups now, as it is just so hard to see all the torts being treated like toys, kept in really dangerous housing etc etc. people only take note of the replies they want to hear, so it's a waste of time being there really. I can see tortoise breeding going the same way as designer dog breeding to be honest, which would be a disaster and will result in so many health problems :(

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 05:54 AM

Thanks for posting this Sue. :) ,

I think its' some thing that had to be brought to light, that is a first for me giving torts some form of energy drink, I think people should be very careful giving out advice when they haven't really had enough experience in the situation, as it could be very dangerous, when you think about it you slow your torts down over a 3/ 4 week period so waking them should be nice and slow give them time, I think some people want them back up under a lamp eating with in a few hours, and then when there not ask for advice, which can then lead to this. :wink:

I have to agree with you regarding some of the Face Book groups there are some really good ones and then there are some very awful ones giving out really bad advice, it's so easy to set up a new group, and a lot of people seem to be using Face book now a days. :unsure2:



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Posted 22 February 2015 - 11:16 AM

There seems to be a lot of competitiveness in waking and getting torts feeding which is a shame and will, as you say lead to more deaths and as a result, people veering away from hibernation as in the past. If done properly, it's perfectly safe, but that also includes the few weeks afterwards too




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