In late August, Marty Thompson at Wanakia Wildlife took in an injured juvenile sandhill crane after being hit by a car. Unfortunately, the injured sandhill crane suffered a fracture along its lower left leg, between its knee and ankle. Due to their long-legged anatomy and stress in captivity, this can be a challenging injury to heal. Fortunately, with efforts from Marty Thompson and Dr. Molly Lien at Brook Falls Veterinary Hospital, the crane received orthopedic surgery on August 26, 2019.
During surgery, Dr. Lien placed a fixation system that consisted of a pin through her lower leg bone (called tibiotarsus). Also, cross pins were put through this bone and connected by an acrylic fixation system.
The crane recovered from this lengthy procedure, and after several rechecks, she slowly continues to heal from her fracture. She also just started eating on her own.
The sandhill crane still has a long road to recovery, but the goal is to release her later this fall so she can hopefully migrate with a flock.
To stay informed on the cranes’ recovery or to help with donations on her road to success, please visit Marty Thompson’s Facebook page. All contributions to Wanakia Wildlife go directly towards quality food and medical care.
Thank you, and we hope she continues to make a healthy recovery!
Wanakia Wildlife Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wanakia-Wildlife-Rehabilitation-Education-Center-134057023312931/