The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston has obtained its own laser to treat injured sea turtles and other creatures.
Officials say that should speed the time turtles are treated in the aquarium's sea turtle hospital.
The new laser was used for the first time Tuesday on an injured Kemp's ridley sea turtle.
The turtle was held by a staffer and blindfolded to protect its eyes.
Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan then treated a swollen joint with the laser to stimulate production of the chemical ATP that helps the body repair injuries. It also eases the pain from such injuries.
The aquarium previously had to rely on volunteers with access to a laser to bring it in periodically for animal treatment.
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