Brayon the turtle recovers after being saved by local family

AFTER helping to rescue an endangered hawksbill sea turtle last week, Chloe Donald and her family got a chance to watch the creature being fed as part of a tour of Australian Seabird Rescue centre in Ballina yesterday.

Ms Donald and her family were taking a drive on South Ballina beach last Friday when she saw the animal floundering in shallow surf near the shore.

"It was just floating on top of the water. It was sitting there and being hit by the waves," she said.

The turtle, since named Brayon by Chloe, was wrapped in a towel and taken back to the family's caravan, before being collected by Australia Seabird Rescue and taken to their Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

Yesterday Chloe and her family got to see Brayon being feed as part of the regular educational tours ran during the school holidays.

The tour explains the work of the volunteer-based group as well as many of the threats faced by marine birdlife and turtles, particularly from plastics, general manager Kathrina Southwell said.

The Donald family had been kept informed on how the condition of the turtle over the weekend, and would try and keep up with its rehabilitation from their home in Murwillumbah over the coming weeks.



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