The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue organisation has detailed how it uses the clasps of discarded bras to mend broken shells of injured turtles.
The North Carolina, USA-based nongovernmental organisation notes that the rainy season is a lot trickier for turtles because it’s the time they move around to lay eggs.
According to CWR’s executive director, Jennifer Gordon, via a series of posts on the social media, turtles suffer more injuries than people realise, hence the need to formulate safety devices for them.
Noting that turtles are sometimes injured as they come into contact with humans and moving objects, Gordon lamented that 90% of all turtles hit are females laying eggs.
She said CWR has been using bra clasps to repair turtle shells along with other rehabilitators for almost 20 years or longer.
“The idea is not new. When I started rehabbing, we used cool whip lids, paperclips and just about anything we could find to fashion splints and braces, etc.,” she said.
She lamented that turtles are an underappreciated species, and that part of the CWR efforts was to highlight this and that the organisation is poised to generate awareness about how the reptiles become injured.
Using a technique they had learnt from Thunder Wildlife Rehab, CWR organisers now repair the injured turtles’ shells with tape, glue and bra clasps.
“Thanks to Wild Thunder Wildlife Rehab for this great idea! If you’re discarding a bra, you can cut the clasps off and send them to us.
“We use them for turtle shell repair. The wire that holds the broken parts of the shell together is fastened to the turtle with bra clasps.
“After some time, the glue wears down and the clasps pop off, leaving the turtle as good as new, ” CWR said on its Facebook page.
Apart from repairing their damaged shells, CWR also offers turtles for adoption.