I believe this is the world’s first squirrel to get a set of prosthetic limbs—or wheels. Apparently his front limbs were caught in a trap in the city of Batman (yes, that’s a city in Turkey) and had to be amputated. As Global News (origin: Reuters) reports:
“A young man rescued him from the trap in Batman and found (me) and my videos and posts as a result of his researches,” said vet and animal rights activist, Tayfun Demir.
Orthopedists at Istanbul’s Aydin University designed the prosthetic wheels for him to replace his paws.
One of them, Mustafa Gultekin, said they waited for Karamel to adjust to the new device before passing on to the next phase.
“He is a wild animal trying to live in a home. He has a foreign object attached to his body. His reaction to this object was important to us. We passed this phase. We are now at the phase of walking.”
Karamel has become the first squirrel to receive a pair of prosthetic limbs.
I saw one news report on this where the male anchor poo-pooed this, while the female anchor was appreciative. Typical! I would suggest that, if the squirrel could run this operation, it would prefer to have wheels than to be killed, just like a person in a wheelchair. Why does its being a squirrel make a difference? Besides, these vets and orthopedists are wonderful people.
Batman is a looong way from Istanbul, so I wonder how they transported it across the country.