Woman sends injured turtle to wildlife hospital via Uber

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A woman from Bonita Springs, Florida found an injured mud turtle who needed emergency treatment earlier this week. Unable to leave her job to drive the injured animal to Arx Wildlife Hospital, the woman took action and ordered an Uber to help out with transportation.

On Wednesday, Kate Kimball posted the following on her Facebook page below a photo of the injured turtle. (Oh how we love this woman!)

“Found an injured turtle in the road this morning… did not have time to take him to the wildlife hospital so I called an Uber for him! He’s on his way Conservancy of Southwest Florida!”


According to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Kate called ahead and explained to the staff what had happened, the turtle’s injuries and where and when she had found it. And yes, the turtle arrived safely. It is hoped the turtle can be treated for his injuries and released back into the wild.

The Arx Wildlife Hospital requests Good Samaritans who find injured animals to call ahead in order arrangements can be made. Many thanks to the heroes who are able to think out of the box and help those who cannot speak.

“Approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital each year. Most of those injuries stem from interactions that involve humans – including car strikes, domestic pet attacks, window collisions, fishing line and hook injuries, gunshots, and toxicosis.”

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Injured turtle Ubers to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

A first for the von Arx Wildlife Hospital! A Bonita Springs woman found an injured turtle, but she was unable to leave her job to drive the animal to us. Knowing the animal was in need of help, she took action and ordered the turtle an Uber! Please like and share this post to help us thank the woman and Uber for helping to rescue this injured animal. #SWFL #Turtle Uber

Posted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida on Thursday, June 7, 2018

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5 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    What a caring woman and hope the turtle gets treated. Would have never thought of doing something like that if necessary treatment needs to be done immediately.

  2. Jan Barnes says:

    God bless you, Kate! You are truly a hero! Also, a special thanks to all who helped! Does the hospital need donations to care for the turtle? If so, send link.

    Bet this is Uber’s first turtle! Good advertising!

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    HUGE THANK YOU TO KATE KIMBALL – she stepped up and rescued an innocent animal when she saw it was injured – and thought outside the box – got the turtle to a vet via Uber – way to go Kim. You saved a life!!


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