Monday, August 16, 2010

At the zoo

Here at the ranch, we live with an array of exotic animals.
Because there are so many different species living in close confinement, there can be the odd barney every now and then with the odd injury arising here and there.

The health system here in Australia does not always accommodate for medium to large-scale surgeries to be done straight away, so subsequently the patients have to go on a waiting list.

There are simply not enough qualified surgeons or not one surgeon with enough time so in some instances the patient has to wait several months before the much needed operation takes place.

Take Mr Duck, for example.
He arrived here about this time last year. He had only been with us a short while before it became apparent that he was of poor health. A simple tug-and-tow left him with a gashing wound on his chest and a collapsed lung. Before his "accident" he was able to utter simple duck sounds and engage in everyday conversation. After "the accident" his state of health reclined rapidly but help was not available until now.

However, we are pleased to announce that the very qualified surgeon visited our country town last weekend and was able to help not just Mr Duck but ALL patients on the waiting list.


Amongst the lucky ones that were issued with a new lease on life was The Piggy.

The surgeon was not only able to save his ear (although it is a bit more stickie-uppie than before), she also helped him regain his grunt.

Mr Duck, although capable of making half a duck noise immediately after surgery, has gone quiet for what we suspect will be forever. Nonetheless, his chest cavity is fixed. Phew...

The Kiwi regained the use of his feet (although one toe had to be amputated) and he can still speak, too. He does a really cool twerp twerp rainforest kind of call when you squeeze his special part.

And the giraffe still has one shoe that squeaks.

See how his body has different fur compared to the head and legs?
Well, this was not the first time this lucky (or unlucky?) fellow had life-saving surgery.
Maggie, Riley and Bonnie's pinkie, also a qualified surgeon, had saved his life after things got a bit too exciting down at Merricks over the bay when Molly was there on holidays last. Different town, better health system. He got seen the same week.

Back then, Angus had also much needed surgery of the neck. Because Molly loves him so much, he gained a ginormous wound at the back of the neck from all the lovin' but hung in there nonetheless.
Molly doesn't leave the house without him so, Angus, despite his poor state of health back then, made the big trip across the bay with her and was rewarded for it, too!

So all things are good now with everyone presenting with optimum health, given the circumstances, and we deemed it appropriate to gather for a family photo.



  1. So pleased you found a surgon for your fuzz friends. Looks like it was a very delicate operation. So they are on the mend then
    See yea George xxx

  2. Wow! That's so cool that you have a surgeon to mend and repair your friends!! Mine usually leave to go "live on a farm with a nice family" when they are in need of repair! I love that last picture... so precious!

  3. WOW! What great rehabilitation and conservation program you guys have there. We are very proud of you. Does the director travel around the world? Our wild animals here can use some rehabilitating.

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade

  4. Hope everyone has a chance to recover fully! Looks like those stuffies get a lot of lovin'

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  5. BOL, Very funny post. We used to have a Stuffie ER. Now we just have Stuffie funerals!


  6. You are lucky to have an emergency clinic on site. My stuffies get you thin iced as soon as they show any signs of weakness.


  7. We just lost our comment...eaten ..taken away into cyberspace!!WE will try again.... What we had said was we would need a trauma and tranplant surgeon here.. Ours get a little shall we say... ripped to shreds? Love A+A

  8. You are so lucky to have a competent surgeon at your house, guys. Our injured stuffies march their way to the trash can!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  9. Good to see the Zoo creatures are recovering from intensive surgery. Long may they live.

    Molly, Taffy and Monty

  10. How nice that you have a qualified surgeon on staff! We used to have one, but she got demoted to "the throw-awayer of the dead stuffies". Now that she buys all our stuffies at garage sales, she thinks it isn't worth the time it takes to do the surgery! Ha!

    Penny & Patches

  11. Glad surgery could be performed and you're all resting comfortably!
    What a great post-we loved it!!!!!
    Your buddy,

  12. Our duckie, that looks exactly like your Mr Duck met the same fate at our house. He also has recovered from surgery and is back in action. Most stuffies are so thoroughly unstuffed by us that they don't ever recover though!

    Ruby and Gracie

  13. Oh wie schön, dass Mama diesen Post gelesen hat. Sie hat einen gnazen Korb voller verunglückten Plüschtiere vergessen. Nun holt sie ihn wieder vor, um die Zootiere zu operieren. Ich wolllte den Tieren nie weh tun, aber meine Zähne sind wohl oft stärker als der Plüsch. Sie will alle meine Zootiere meinem Bruder Anfang November geben. Er wird damit spielen, bis sie wieder in den Korb und in den Schrank und aus Mamas Gedächtnis wandern....aber noch mehr Brüder will ich deshalb nicht haben.

  14. Them stuffies under the big pee are very accident prone. Thank dog your health system is better than ours. Some of the stuffies here in Square Dog House go on the national health waiting list and nooo after waiting so long...they pop their clogs and are never seen again.....

    Eric xx

  15. It's just so amazing the skills of these surgeons these days!

    Brillo paws photo of you with the patients recovering!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  16. miss inky and miss molly,
    whew! i am SO relieved that the surgeon made it to your village before it was too late!! i was totally gettin' filled with the nervosity for mr. duck especially. good to see your family of stuffies has made an almost full recovery!!
    the booker man

  17. :) Such cute cuddly friends deserve nothing but the best surgeons and pals to play with. Thank you for sharing with us! We are especially fond of the Kiwi - and happy to have found your blog, glad to follow!


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