Zoo Uses Honey From Bees to Treat Injured Sea Turtles

April 2, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018

A zoo in Melbourne, Florida, is using honey from bees to help other animals at the zoo. In a video posted to their Facebook page, the Brevard Zoo explains how the honey is being used to treat injured sea turtles.

According to the video, five sea turtles are being treated with the bee honey to help naturally heal open wounds on their shells.

The bees in question. (Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)
(Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)

“Honey from our own beehive is being put to use right here at the Sea Turtle Healing Center.

“We use it on patients with fresh, open wounds like those caused by interactions with boats or predators,” its website says, adding that some 14 turtles have been treated.

The honey that’s used on the turtles. (Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)
They rub the paste in. (Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)
They rub it in some more. (Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)
(Credit: Brevard Zoo via Storyful)

It says that “healing properties from the honey help the shell, made of fused bone and keratin, recover from open wounds with minimal infection.”

 

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