Shanie caught her front leg in an old fire screen that had been left in a garden. She hung from this leg, dislocating the elbow as well. Must have been in agony. The elbow was put back in place but there was severe nerve damage and she dragged the leg, wearing a hole across the elbow. I kept her in a smallish cage on soft material and, when it was cold, I put her into the conservatory, hoping she would hibernate. This she did. When she woke, she did have more movement in her leg and was walking on the knuckle for a while then, suddenly, she started to put her foot down properly. Her walking got better and better and I felt she needed more natural conditions to strengthen her muscles and stop her limping when she ran. She moved to my foster carer's walled garden and settled in well. There she met Laurie, who had suffered a very severe ear infection and who had a very slight wobble left from it but was living happily in the garden. She had three babies last year and another two this year.
Unfortunately Laurie died in the late summer but he must have been quite an old man. Shanie will remain with us now as she, too, is getting quite old. Her babies were and will be released into the wild.