When she opened the door she immediately noticed the blood. As the cat approached her, Rebecca realized it couldn't be his, so where did it come from?
Rebecca glanced at Emy's tank and noticed it was empty. Had something somehow gotten inside and taken the large turtle from her tank? Also, where was she?
After searching the entire space, Emy was found with a few cuts and a cracked shell, in the farthest corner from her tank. After we spoke on the phone and made plans to head straight to the vet once I got there, Rebecca got Emy ready for her trip.
While prepping for the trip Rebecca noticed that the small aquarium heater had fallen into the tank. As she reached in to remove it, Rebecca was shocked by the electric current that was running through the water.
Driving back from the vet with Emy bandaged up, we discussed what we though had happened. Something had knocked the heater from it's holder (perhaps even Emy herself) and it had started sending a current through the water. Emy, wanting to escape that horrible sensation, scrambled over the nearest wall of her tank, and fell four feet to the floor, cracking her shell in the process.
The folks at the vet's office were all amazed to meet Emy. Not many of the red-eared sliders they see at a vet's are as old as Emy nor as big. Emy, around twenty-seven years old, was a birthday present to Rebecca when she was younger. Little Emy was about the size of quarter when she and Rebecca first met. As you can see in the photo, Emy has grown.
Over the past couple weeks, Rebecca has been working diligently to help Emy recover from her accident. Just this past Tuesday Emy was allowed to go back into the water which, I'm told, she very much enjoyed. Rebecca has also put together a new larger living area for Emy (including a barrier around the top to prevent further attempts at flight; her tank is also now about two feet from the floor). Needless to say, that heater will not be going anywhere near our scaly friend or her new enclosure.