Charlie arrived at the sanctuary in May 2016 at just 9 weeks old, after managers, Dave & Lianne, received a phone call from a lady who’d found him caught in their fence. We don’t usually deal with wild animals, but he’d been there for 24 hours and nobody else was available to assist. When they arrived, they found him hanging with his front leg bent into the wire fencing. They managed to free him, but quickly noticed that his leg was badly broken.
After calling a veterinary practice, Lianne was told that as he’s a wild animal, he would need to be put to sleep, so she called another vet who kindly offered to see him. Upon examination, Charlie’s leg was dead and needed to be removed immediately. As he’s wild, he wouldn’t have been able to be released post-surgery, but Dave & Lianne couldn’t bring themselves to have him put to sleep, so decided that he would remain in the care of the sanctuary and be given a second chance at life.
Vets wouldn’t normally do the operation to amputate a wild animals’ leg, but as he had a home to go to with a good quality of life, they made an exception Charlie settled into sanctuary life very quickly, and now loves running around his enclosure and playing with his 4 adopted brothers and sisters.