Jeremiah Has Leg Surgery

April 9 | 1 Comment

Ribbit, ribbit
Jeremiah was a bull frog. Was a good friend of mine. I never understood a single word he said but I helped him a-drink his wine. And he always had some mighty fine wine.

I loved that song growing up. Sure it was old, even back then but it was still a classic.  To celebrate the song’s anniversary I had Jeremiah over for dinner. He was delicious.

I guess I’m heartless for enjoying those strong, supple legs my favorite bullfrog worked so hard to build up.

Just check out the extent one human went to save an injured bullfrog in this story from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The giant bullfrog had his shattered lower leg bone replaced with an inch-long metal pole during a painstaking two hour operation.

The lame amphibian went under the vet’s knife after being bitten by a dog.

Owner Anne Mearns, 62, said: “People think I’m mad to care so much about a frog but I couldn’t bear to see him in so much pain.

“Frogs are famous for their legs, so the thought of Brullie being left lame broke my heart. I knew without surgery he would never move again, so I to rushed to the vet and begged him to operate.

“The vet was more used to saving cats and dogs and couldn’t understand why I was so worried about a frog, but he eventually agreed.

“It was a nervous few hours while we waited for him to come around after the op, but he’s healing up now and hobbling about the garden. The x-rays suggest he’ll be as good as new.”

Brullie remained unconscious after the vet rubbed a tiny dose of watered-down dog anaesthetic into his porous skin.

The surgeon, who operated for free, then opened the damaged limb to insert the tiny steel rod over the snapped right leg bone.

His scaly skin was later sewn back together with nine stitches to allow the wound to heal.

Just weeks later he is already on the move at Mrs Mearns’ home near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mrs Mearns, who has worked on amphibian preservation for more than 20 years, believes Brullie was hibernating underground when he was dug up by the dog.

She added: “This kind of giant bullfrog is only found in this part of the world and they are getting rarer.

“I’m glad that Brullie is better. Now we have to wait for the metal false leg to merge with his actual bones, and then he’ll hopefully be as good as new.

I just hope that whoever has him for dinner doesn’t choke on the pin.


One Response to “Jeremiah Has Leg Surgery”

  1. pet beds on April 23rd, 2009 2:07 am

    Wow.. the last time a saw frog skeleton is when i was on junior high..
    well i’m glad your frog is fine..

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