Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall

UPDATE: Humpty Dumpty has been released to a new managed colony and is living well as a feral.

PREVIOUSLY: On Saturday SNAP took Humpty Dumpty to our favorite vet for an x-ray to check on his leg. The vet found that no bones were broken, however he does have a hairline fracture near his knee and a torn muscle in his back right leg. He will be on pain meds, anti-inflammatories and cage rest for four to six weeks. And is expected now to make a full recovery. Cost for vet and meds are expected to be about $300. Please help us to meet this goal and put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Click on the image above to donate online.

ORIGINAL: Meet SNAP’s newest family member, Humpty Dumpty, shown here in a photo taken behind Suburban lodge on Shallowford Road. Although in the photograph it may look like Humpty Dumpty is a skilled ginger climber, bounding down a country fence, that’s not the case at all. Humpty Dumpty isn’t moving in this image. He’s motionless. He’s stuck. And he’s injured. Earlier today, a feral colony caregiver spotted Humpty in this very position, hanging upside down, one leg wedged between the weathered wooden boards that make up this jagged fence. Judging by his condition, Humpty had been in that position for a few days and was in agony, hungry, thirsty, and scared.

One of SNAP’s favorite veterinarian partners came to our aid. After Humpty Dumpty was sedated, we untangled him from the fence and rushed him to the office to assess his injuries. Humpty Dumpty is a feral kitty that is a member of an established colony where he’s been cared for recently. His ear is tipped, and he’s been fixed and has had some basic veterinary care.

Until Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, his life as a feral was going along just fine. As you can imagine, Humpty Dumpty’s leg is severely injured. We are unsure yet if his mangled haunch and leg will have to be amputated or can be saved. Life as a feral “tripod” – animal lovers’ affectionate name for 3-legged animals – is significantly different than life as a domesticated feline tripod.

Feral tripods are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to escaping from two – or four – legged threats. This means that if Humpty Dumpty loses his leg, he will need to be rehomed into a safer feral environment. SNAP believes that unlike the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can put this Humpty Dumpty back together again. We just need your help to do it. You can also pre-apply to adopt Humpty Dumpty online here.

First posted 1-16-2014.