Submitted by Steve on 21:01, 15th Mar, 2016 | 0

Yesterday Olivia the loggerhead turtle received some very special guests who help rescue very exotic animals from around the world.

Two of the figureheads from the Born Free Foundation, Founder of the charity Virginia McKenna OBE and her son Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President were visiting Guernsey for a fund raiser with the Friends of Wildlife and to thank a number of local children and supporters for their help raising funds for their charity.  On Monday they popped by the GSPCA to see Olivia the loggerhead turtle and got to see a few others including Bonnie the seal pup and a few of the hedgehogs before they headed for the airport and home.

To show them some of the animals at the GSPCA were Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager and Geoff George Animal Collection Officer and a member of staff who has in the past helped Born Free with two dolphins as well as the Born Free lion cubs that were cared for in Guernsey in 2008.

Also GSPCA President, local vet and Senior Consultant Vet for Born Free John Knight was on site to give Virginia and Will the prognosis of the very poorly reptile.

Today Olivia had a second blood test so that we can monitor her recovery and progress and is currently in a room heated at 25c. She continues to have fluids and treatments administered by the GSPCA team and she also gets short spells in a small pool.

We are hoping that later this week thanks to Spa De La Mare to give you a further update on her progress and move to the next stage of her recovery.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Olivia is still extremely weak and we continue to do all we can for her here at the GSPCA."

"It was lovely to show Virginia Mckenna and Will Travers from Born Free some of the animals in our care and they both seemed to have a special connection with turtles and thankful for the opportunity to see her."

"The GSPCA have had a close relationship with Born Free over the last ten years from the lion cubs in 2008 we helped care for to team members helping with projects and animals such as Geoff with two dolphins in Turkey a few years ago."

"On Sunday the Friends of Wildlife organised a lovely fund raising meal at the Duke of Richmond to raise funds for the Born Free Foundation and it was lovely to hear of their work from a talk with Virginia and Will."

"Olivia has a long road to recovery and we are hoping with help from Spa De La Mare to get her in deeper warm water later this week."

"She had a second blood test today to see how she progressing with her recovery and we continue to appeal for donations towards her care."

"Thank you to all that have donated towards her care, it is really appreciated."

Please see the links and information below to donate towards her care.

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. Born Free never forgets the individual. Our emergency teams rescue vulnerable animals from appalling lives of misery in tiny cages, often barren of any enrichment, and gives them lifetime care in spacious bush sanctuaries. To visit their website please go to -

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