Message Number: YG5336 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Pam Sessoms
Date: 2001-07-10 16:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: baby ferret with broken leg

On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, Sukie Crandall wrote:
> In humans one concern about a break in that location before growth is
> complete is that the affected limb may turn out to be shorter than its
> mate. Since ferrets do well with three legs, though, I expect this
> would not be a major handicap for the little girl.

I keep thinking about this little baby but haven't had much besides
healing vibes to contribute til now. My little demented guy Mojo had a
hind leg broken when he was just a baby kit. He was found half-dead
outdoors at the NC state fairgrounds, and one of his problems was a broken
leg. By the time we got him, the break had already pretty much healed on
its own, but the ends overlapped and the foot-end of the bone twisted
slightly. Like Sukie says, one of his legs is shorter than the other.

He has a distinctive way of moving; to go straight, he'll sort of shuffle
along with his body on a diagonal to the direction he's trying to go. He
can walk without doing the sideways thing, but the faster he wants to go,
the more he does his special sideways Mojo Lurch. It's really cute!
Mojo is a bit of a special psych case, and it adds to his overall charm.
I have to laugh every time I see him trying to get anywhere at top speed.
But he can run and hop and dance with the best of them. He's over five
years old now and doesn't seem to have developed arthritis so far.

Best healing thoughts for this little girl!

-Pam S.