Former President Carter helps release rehabbed sea turtle

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, former President Jimmy Carter, second from left, and his wife, Rosalynn, right, examine a rescued loggerhead sea turtle in the surgical suite in the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Marathon, Fla. To the left is a veterinarian Doug Mader and second from right is Richie Moretti, founder and director of the hospital. Carter and about 40 of his family on vacation in the Florida Keys and the visit to the hospital was a facet of their journey. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

(Associated Press)

MARATHON, Fla. – Former President Jimmy Carter; his wife, Rosalynn; and about 40 other members of the family have helped release a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle from the Florida Keys.

“Salty” was released after the Carters, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren toured The Turtle Hospital. The facility opened in 1986 and has treated and released more than 2,000 injured sea turtles.

Salt had convalesced in the hospital since October after being discovered floating in the near Sombrero Lighthouse about six miles off the Keys. Salt had suffered an intestinal impaction and a lung infection. Hospital staff administered antibiotics, a specially formulated laxatives to treat constipation, and a diet of squid and fish.

The Carters’ visit to the hospital was a part of their family on vacation in the Keys.

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