Fake Flipper Sought for Sea Turtle

February 28, 2008 By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer in /
Fake Flipper Sought for Sea Turtle (AP)
Allison, a three-year-old Atlantic Green sea turtle, swims in a holding tank at Sea Turtle, Inc., in South Padre Island, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. The turtle was missing three flippers when tourists found her two years ago and took her to Sea Turtle Inc., a turtle hospital started by a local woman 31 years ago to treat and return injured sea turtles to the wild. Her caregivers and a group of volunteers hope to make her what\'s believed to be the first sea turtle fitted with a prosthetic flipper. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP) -- When tourists found a 5-inch green sea turtle bloody and missing three of her flippers, the people who run a hospital for the endangered animals here gave her little chance of survival.

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