Florida zoo uses honey to treat damaged sea turtle shells

- Honey is more than delicious, it can be used as medicine, says one Florida zoo.

The Brevard Zoo has been using it to treat sea turtles with fresh, open wounds like ones caused by boats or predators. Officials said when raw honey is removed from a hive, it leaves traces of yeast, wax and pollen. All contain properties that “naturally clean wounds and encourage healthy tissue growth,” they said.

There happens to be a beehive at the zoo, and its honey has treated 14 sea turtles. Zoo officials said the honey helped their shells, which is made of bone and keratin, recover from those open wounds. 

According to several studies, honey has been used for healing wounds since the “ancient times.”

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