CC208 - Emma
|Species: Bottlenose Dolphin,
Age Class: Adult
Date of Stranding: November 13, 2003
Location of Stranding: Padre Island National Seashore, near Corpus Christi, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN: 312 days
Final Disposition: Deceased September 21, 2004
CC208 Emma, an adult female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), stranded alive 1 mile from the park entrance at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, TX on November 13, 2003. She had large bruising on her left side, around her left eye, and on her ventral side. She was transported to Galveston from Port Aransas for the remainder of her rehabilitation on November 17, 2003. Her rehab took place outside the TMMSN's Aquacell rehab building in a pool sheltered by a tent because another TMMSN rescue, Cupid, was undergoing rehab inside the building. Quarantine protocols require that the animals and volunteers be kept seperate. Emma showed signs of pneumonia and though she required support in-water from volunteers, she showed interest in her toys and often toted one in her mouth. Despite frequent physical therapy sessions, Emma was unable to support herself and continued to require support for weeks. In late December, Emma finally began to swim on her own without volunteer assistance. She was continuously gaining weight, actively playing with toys, and responding well to physical therapy sessions. By February, Emma was very active, vocal, and displayed plenty of attitude and personality. In March, she was moved to the Sofpool in the Aquacell where she continued to progress. Emma, like many animals in rehabilitation, did suffer setbacks during her recovery periodically, but overall staff and volunteers were optimistic about her future. Unfortunately, in September Emma began to experience seizure-like episodes and passed away September 21, 2004. Necropsy revealed scarring around the brain and brain stem from a previous infection that caused a slow build up of fluid in the skull. This condition is undetectable and untreatable.
EMMA IN PORT ARANSAS:
EMMA'S PHYSICAL THERAPY:
Emma received regular physical therapy to encourage her to swim and to stimulate her muscles.
EMMA'S DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES:
Many diagnostic procedures were performed during Emma's rehabilitation, including blood draws, x-rays, and endoscopes.
EMMA IN REHAB: