Friday, June 24, 2011

What else can go wrong? Merrilyn Part 10

It took Merrilyn quite a while to get over her overnight adventure.  (You can read Part 9 here if you missed it). She had sore feet for a few days and her poos turned black and runny.  She was understandably skittish and did not want to go too far away from me.

We resumed our walks, with a watchful eye out for any wild kangaroos that might pass by too closely, but we were all just a bit on edge.  Just nine days after Merrilyn's near loss, something else, unthinkable happened.

We were walking back up to the house and Buster suddenly took off.  Nothing unusual in that but he was heading straight for a rock retaining wall and he'd never jumped that high before.  Without thinking, Stephen called out "Stop Buster".  Buster complied but he was already in flight and he may have made it over the wall, but his sudden stop meant he smacked straight into it.  We raced over to him and he immediately tried to get up, but we could see that one of his hind feet was broken.

Stephen and I just looked at each other and then down at the break.  Male eastern grey kangaroos can grow to 66kg (145lb).  Having solid hind legs is critical to their ability to flee from predators and also to fight other male eastern greys.  They stand up on their strong tails and kick out with their legs. If the vet could not heal this break solidly, Buster would have to be put down.  Better that than a cruel death.  Buster had won our hearts quickly and tears welled into my eyes at the thought of losing him. (You can read about Buster's arrival here.) He was looking at us with such trust.

We moved quickly.  Securing Merrilyn in her pouch back inside the house and carefully lifting Buster into his pouch.  We raced to the vet who took an X-ray and declared, to our relief, that he thought he could fix the problem.  The break was down near his toe, not on the main part of the leg, which would probably have resulted in him being put down, and the vet thought a plaster splint might do the job.

We spent several hours at the vet surgery and eventually bought him home with instructions that he shouldn't run and to keep the whole thing dry.  Well the second was easy - we added a plastic bag around it (or, as we dubbed it, "Buster's condom").  Keeping him from running was going to prove a new challenge.


Somehow he was even more gorgeous with his foot in the splint!



Buster also loved his pouch, (in fact he loved it more than any joey we ever had in care - possibly because he was denied it when he was young - perhaps he thought he'd make up for the lost pouch time!)

The question now - would the cast work?  Would the break heel properly and leave him with a strong back foot that could take him into adult life safely?  Time would tell.

If you've missed any of the other parts, just click on the Merrilyn's Story Link on the side bar and they are all there.

Thanks to the many of you leaving comments, sending emails, following here and joining the facebook page. You are all very much appreciated and I will be visiting, commenting and following you back and there's plenty more to come in this story.  More characters, more drama, more laughter and plenty of tears.  Enjoy.

Love to you all, Cheryl

Oh and am linking this post to Bee's With Honey's "Let's bee friends Friday" post.  We all need new friends!

Let's BEE Friends
And having forgotten I'd linked it there I've also linked it to By Word of Mouth Musings Time Travel Tuesdays! 

20 comments:

  1. It is such a natural reaction to yell out stop, but I would guess Buster would not have attempted the jump if he did not think he could make it. That is pure guess work on my part.

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  2. I just want to pick up that little Joey and snuggle with it. No...Buster broke a foot? He is so cute in the pouch. Can't wait to read about his recovery. He does recover...right?

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  3. Poor Buster...hope he healed well.

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  4. This is such a fantastic story. I felt sick when you said Buster had broken something. i hope he is okay.
    :)

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  5. I love Buster! I hope he is okay too. I would love to snuggle with him.

    Thanks for linking up with me today!

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  6. Awwww, what a little cutie! I'm so glad that everything turned out well with his foot :)

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  7. He does look good in his 'condom', and in his pouch. Reminded me of when I was carrying my little girl in my baby pouch. I'm glad to know that he'll be okay. I'm sure with all the TLC you and your team are giving him he'll be up and jumping about again in no time.

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  8. Oh poor Buster! I sure hope he heals completely and better than new. So glad that Merrilyn survived the night fright and is coming back around. Animals are always such an adventure to have around. They truly make life more interesting and charming. :) They're very adorable. I can see why you love them.

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  9. Aww ... Buster is such a little cutie. Do you have any Kuala bears? They look so huggable. Who knows, maybe behind those innocent cuddly little faces lurks animals who are plotting to take over the world.

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  10. Thanks all for your lovely comments. Andrew I believe you are right - he would have made it. Laila, Jo, Stacy you're just going to have to come back to find out. Stephen I think you mean koalas - and they are not bears, though are often called that. They are gorgeous creatures who sleep and eat gum leaves so I'm thinking taking over the world would be a slow process for them! None here sadly, my place is too dry.

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  11. Poor little guy!! He is just super cute!!

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  12. Poor Buster! I can't wait to read how he recovers and gets big and strong.

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  13. WOW!! THIS IS SO CUTE.
    It is so hard form me to imagine that somebody can deal with kangaroos like you do....
    It is still a "movies thing" for me....
    this blog is so special.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Such an interesting animal adventure you're having.

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  15. I hope that Buster recovers soon. I like the little pouch that you made. You must be having the time of your life. Whenever I see an animal that is hurt on the roadside here in New York, I can't help but think how lucky Joey and Buster are to have you. I have been absent from the blogger world as I have my own good news of being a grandma for the third time. I was away to help out my son and my daughter in law. It feels great. This is Munir over here at Focus.

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  16. Oh sweet little Buster. I hope he's ok soon. He does look awfully cute in his cast. Think he's milking it for all it's worth, lol??

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  17. Great story and Buster does look cute in his cast...They are so cute and it would be easy to fall in love with them because they seem to be so dependent on you..just like real kids! Can't wait for the next chapter!

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  18. Aww! Poor little Buster. I can't wait to read the next installment. Great post, Cheryl!

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  19. Wow! It's been one thing after another with your joeys. Buster is adorable. Did he not try to chew the cast off (like a cat or dog would)? Love these stories!

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  20. I have a feeling Buster would have made the leap over the wall. A natural reaction and it is absolutely amazing that Buster responded. I await, with eager anticipation, to hear how he goes.

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