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Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!
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Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!

Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!

This is Boris - a 1 year old Hermanns tortoise. Unfortunately, he is also an escapologist and he lives in the same house as a Bull Terrier dog. One day in mid-November, Boris managed to get out of his vivarium and the Staffie thought he’d found a new toy.
Boris sustained severe bite wounds to his shell, including a hole in his left side such that we could watch his lungs expanding and contracting with his breathing!
Despite these horrific injuries, Boris was still pretty lively - so much so that it was quite an effort to hold him still to bathe and dress his wounds.
After several days of dressings, antibiotics and painkillers, we were able to repair his wounds with epoxy and he is currently doing very well, although not quite out of the woods completely yet.
Sadly, Boris was not the only tortoise we saw in November after being attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, the other one wasn’t so lucky and the owner elected to euthanase because of the severe damage inflicted to one of her front legs. Please, if you have tortoises and dogs, don’t let them meet. They won’t all be as lucky as Boris.