Hand-sized bladder stone removed from a 95-year-old tortoise

Ossie the tortoise's bladder stone.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ossie the tortoise's bladder stone.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

All-things tortoise will be the subject of a special charity afternoon at a North Walsham vet's next week.

Vet Faye Bethell at Toll Barn Vets, North Walsham, looks at the bladder stone in Ossie the tortoise'

Vet Faye Bethell at Toll Barn Vets, North Walsham, looks at the bladder stone in Ossie the tortoise's x-ray.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Toll Barn Veterinary Centre, on Heath Road, is holding the event in aid of the Tortoise Circle of Friends (Norwich and Lowestoft) which helps care for and re-home tortoises who are lost, abandoned or who have outlived their owners.

Ossie the tortoise at Toll Barn Vets, North Walsham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ossie the tortoise at Toll Barn Vets, North Walsham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The event, on June 21 from noon to 4pm, will see two vets and two nurses on hand to offer free health checks and advice to owners and would-be owners.

For £15 owners can get their pets microchipped and for £5 they will be wormed.

One of the practice's patients was Ossie, the 95-year-old female tortoise who was a lot happier and livelier after vet Faye Bethell removed an enormous bladder stone.


You may also want to watch:


A tortoise eats grass, ferns, flowers, tree leaves and fruit.

They hibernate in winter and starve themselves beforehand so their stomachs are empty ready for the big sleep.

• For more information about the tortoise event contact www.tollbarnvets.co.uk/

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus