Caregivers full of Hope for Crucian turtle

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ST. CROIX - Good Hope seems to be beating the odds.

The 123-pound sea turtle - named for the St. Croix beach where she was found, injured and sick and laden with eggs after Tropical Storm Isaac passed last month - is not out of the woods yet, but her condition has improved significantly since she arrived at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., for treatment almost two weeks ago.

"She's still very sick, but she's showing signs of improvement," said Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Turtle Hospital. "She's making better progress than we expected. She had a very grim diagnosis the first day the vet looked at her. It gets more hopeful by the day."

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