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Booga is back: Turtle released off Florida Keys after rehab

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a little girl greets Booga, a 125-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was subsequently released off the Florida Keys Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was discovered by a commercial fisherman in late September 2017, entangled in a lobster trap line. It was transported to the Turtle Hospital where it underwent surgery to remove a damaged right rear flipper and to recovered. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A young loggerhead sea turtle rescued from a fishing trap line has been returned to her ocean home off the Florida Keys.

Booga, named after the commercial fishing boat whose crew rescued the 125-pound (57-kilo) reptile in late September, was released Saturday at Marathon’s Sombrero Beach as hundreds of Keys residents and visitors watched.

The crew found the turtle tangled in a fishing trap line.

Booga’s right rear flipper was amputated due to the severe entanglement injury. Additional treatment included broad-spectrum antibiotics, vitamins, laser treatment, physical therapy and a healthy diet of squid and lettuce.

Turtle Hospital officials said that even with the missing flipper, Booga has excellent chances to survive and breed.

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