Recently we shared a story about Tank the Sulcata Tortoise after he injured his leg.
While in his personal stall that is found inside of the winter barn because it has been so cold in Florida, he dug down into the ground with his rear legs. This caused the fibers from the protective liner to wrap around the legs which cut off circulation.
When we noticed the next morning, we wanted to rush him to our vet. But a phone call to the vet had us waiting to see if there was movement. And after about 24 hours, there was.
He can not move it like normal but he can move it around. However, the sheer weight of Tank and his 80-pound body sitting on his own leg has caused a puncture and that looks to be getting infected.
At this moment we are treating him with medication to try to prevent infection. How much this will work is unclear.
So far we are trusting the veterinarian. Still not rushing into anything because the stress of surgery is known to kill a reptile.
We do not know what will become of Tank as it may be necessary to do an amputation due to those pressure sores he is getting. Oddly, the reptile is walking, eating, and drinking.
What we do know is even if he does not have broken bones, even if he does not get a staff infection, the vet bill will be half of this fundraiser goal as we are quoted that much before even making an appointment.
The cost could be as much as five thousand dollars after we pay for aftercare. We are blessed that the vet has offered to take Tank home to provide this care one on one.
You just would now know anything was going on with him and it is not even apparent he is hurt.
This is a hard story to share as we feel awful for the animal that we have grown to love. Tank came to us via a tortoise rescue down south after his previous owners could not care for him. Heck, he is so naughty that the tortoise rescue called us to request space here. I mean he is really mischievous.
Tanks' age is unknown but it is thought that he is under 25 years old. He has a long life to live.
Please share Tanks' story and help us raise the unknown dollar amount this surgery will cost so we can get Tank back to good health.
GoFundMe charges us zero dollars for the service they provide and we have funds the very next day.
Thank you and please pray for Tank! His day is Tuesday! We will take him and drop him off for surgery on Wednesday.