A Florida mom says her turtle, named Peter, is “still in the belly” after she got her belly slashed by a shark in June.
The owner of the 6-foot-long tortoise, which is named after her mother, posted a video to Instagram showing the attack, saying the reptile had just “left the house” and was “doing good” when she saw the attack on a neighbor’s turtle.
The mom, who asked not to be named, posted that she was watching Peter while she went to the bathroom.
“I turned to Peter and asked him, ‘What’s wrong with you?’
He said, ‘She’s still in the shell,'” she said.
She then watched the turtle’s shell slowly drain and begin to swell with blood and guts.
She said the attack was so violent, the tortoise “felt like a baby being pulled out of the womb.”
Peter had just left the house and was doing good when he saw the shark.
pic.twitter.com/6xjgvj4b0d — Laura McElroy (@LauraMcElroy) July 20, 2018Peter’s mother, Laura McElligott, told the Orlando Sentinel that her son’s condition worsened over the next few days.
“He was having a bad time with the vets and they were like, ‘Peter’s going to die,'” she told the paper.
“And he was like, oh my God, my turtle is dead!'”
McElligot told the newspaper she called her son, who was staying with his mother in Florida, on Monday.
“The first thing I said to him was, ‘Please, please, don’t let him die,'” McEllogott said.
The mother said she called 911 after she noticed blood pouring from her son.
“At that point, I thought I was going to be dead,” she said, adding that the animal was then “very conscious.”
She said her son told her he was scared for his life and was bleeding.
“When I called 911, he said, oh, my god, I’m bleeding,” she told ABC News.
“They put him on life support.
They put his heart monitor in his mouth, they gave him oxygen and they did CPR.”
McEllogot said her dog was also bitten and that the turtle was given pain medication.
“My son is very lucky,” she added.
“I hope he gets the best care he can get.”
Peter is expected to make a full recovery.