A female turtle in trouble in western Australia's Bibra Lake caught a lucky break, when a passerby found the animal tethered to a jetty by a fishing line and brought it to nearby veterinarians for help.
ABC reports that the veterinarians discovered something alarming: The hook was stuck in the wall of the turtle's stomach, which would make its removal a dicey procedure.
The turtle -- dubbed "Paris Hilton" by staff, because she was first brought to veterinarians in the suburb of Hilton -- was taken to Murdoch University, where a very delicate surgery was performed.
The lead veterinarian on the case, Dr. Amanda Paul, told ABC that while removing hooks was a common practice, the location of Paris Hilton's made things especially dicey and required very gentle movements to dislodge the sharp object without incident.
"If you do accidentally hook a turtle," Paul stressed, "don't just cut the line and let it go because that turtle will die slowly. Grab that turtle and take it straight to a vet clinic."
ABC has more details on the procedure, including video of poor Paris on the operating table.
The surgery was successful, and Paris will be returned to her lake home as soon as her doctors are certain she's ready.