WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A male tiger that was rescued after being severely injured in a poacher’s trap will be the first big cat ever to be fitted with a prosthetic limb.
- The tiger named Sahebrao underwent a 40-minute surgery earlier this month to prepare him for the historic fitting.
- Orthopedic surgeon Sushrut Babhulkar of India teamed up with experts, including Dr. Peter Giannoudis from the University of Leeds and Prof. Giannoudis, a specialist in fractures and bone regeneration to investigate the possibility of an artificial limb.
A tiger rescued after being severely injured in a poacher’s trap will be the first wild cat ever to be fitted with a prosthetic limb.
The male tiger named Sahebrao will be given a new life within the next few weeks. Earlier this month, the 7-9-year-old big cat underwent a 40-minute surgery to prepare him for the historic fitting.
Sahebrao was rescued in 2012 in India and was living at the Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur. His front leg was wounded by a poacher’s trap. After developing gangrene, a part of the poor tiger’s injured leg had to be amputated. Sahebrao has been limping in pain for the last six years until this year when he started crying out with every step.
Sushrut Babhulkar, an orthopedic surgeon, adopted Sahebrao in 2016. The doctor teamed up with experts, including Dr. Peter Giannoudis from the University of Leeds in the UK to investigate the possibility of an artificial limb.
Prof. Giannoudis, a specialist in fractures and bone regeneration is the team’s adviser.
“The surgery will give 99% relief from pain to the tiger, and fitting artificial limb is the next step,” Dr. Giannoudis told the Indian Express newspaper. “I wish to see him walk normally, like a human being getting a prosthetic leg, for the rest of his life.”
The artificial limb is reportedly being created in consultation from IIT Mumbai, and AO Foundation, Germany, which has expertise in fracture fixation of humans and animals, Good News Network reported.
Source: Good News Network