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article imageFroggie gets first ever metal leg bone, a hopping success

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 1, 2009 in World
A giant bullfrog in Johannesburg, South Africa may be the first ever to undergo broken leg replacement surgery. The 25-year-old amphibian named Brullie was adopted and taken to a vet where, after hesitation, the successful procedure was performed.
We have them tattooed on our bums. We fry them up and eat them like chicken. We use them as interesting additions to our nautical tanks. But a surgery patient?
A woman in South Africa rushed her newly adopted pet bullfrog, Brullie, to an area vet and pleaded with him to operate on the 25-year-old giant amphibian following a dog attack that left his left leg shattered. After some resistance, the 62-year-old woman, Anne Mearns, won over the vet and the benchmarking two hour surgery took place.
In the Telegraph, it was explained:
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.
These x-rays show the state of Brullie's leg before and after the unique operation.
The vet could not understand why the woman was interested in helping the frog but Mearns said that she "couldn't bear to see him in so much pain." Giant bullfrogs are known for their amazing hopping capabilities, and without a functional leg, well, Brullie's survival wouldn't have been very fit.
Mearns explained that Brullie was not yet hopping through the garden but rather, hobbling about but he is expected to be as good as new.
Her crazy efforts may not be so crazed, as Brullie's species of bullfrog is actually said to be a "dwindling species" found only in certain areas southern parts of Africa. As a wildlife conservationist, she probably felt a strong duty to ensure not only his safety but prolonging his life to preserve and protect the species as best as possible.
"We think it will take a few more weeks but once I've nursed him back to full health I look forward to releasing him into the wild in his beloved wetlands."
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