The long haired boy is Alistair, also known as "The Beard" or sometimes just "Beard" (an affectionate nickname, we love "beards" and "mops"). Sometimes I think we call him "Beard" more than Alistair, but he really responds well to it for some reason.
Thank fully the fall wasn't very high (I won't keep cages higher than the third one, I'm too paranoid), and he didn't break anything, but he did manage to pull a ligament. Now he's in a special bandage to keep his leg straight for a good 4 - 6 weeks. He has a recheck in a week to see how things are going. Poor little man hates the bandage, but he loves metacam and is getting a little spoiled with pellet mash (gave him mash to make him feel a bit better and less exerting energy). I am to remove the bandage/wrap twice a day to check and make sure there is no swelling, loss of circulation, etcetera.
No pictures right now of his manly bandage (it's blue camo print, how cute is that), sorry. He's been so stressed out today I don't want to harass him anymore than I have to. I'm starting to wish I wouldn't have even opened his cage at all when I did, or at least that I would have pulled him out (would have had to put him in the tub though since there was no one free to hold him, so I figured it would be less stressful to spot clean with them in the cage, like I've always done without issue). I'm so stressed right now. Hopefully it heals fine, the veterinarian said with injuries like that on any animal there's always a small chance the bone ligament will grow back in a fuse and make it really stiff for walking on. Sigh, I feel like such a bad pet parent sometimes, it seems I can't do anything right sometimes.
He hasn't moved from his spot and isn't very enthusiastic about getting up to eat/drink unless I have veggies (then he's standing up for them). I REALLY hope I don't have to hand feed him, especially the whole time or longer than a few days, because I know he's going to hate it, and frankly I hate doing it because they are so miserable when it's being done and a little while after.
I need all your meditations/prayers/etc that Phantom's leg doesn't heal stiff but heals correctly. I don't know if any of that works or not, but I figure it can't hurt to try and request it.
My thoughts go out to you and Phantom and I hope he has a speedy recovery. His bandage however, sounds very manly (and cute) and I'm sure that in no time he will be telling Alistair about his 'war' wound.
Phantom is doing alright all things considered, usually he is good about eating (but then, he is getting vegetable baby food mixed in, otherwise he's a pain to hand feed even pellet mash to). He isn't standing too well on his own enough to eat on his own yet though, but he's been trying. So I'm taking him out every 4 - 6 hours for syringe feeding. He has a veterinary appointment tomorrow early afternoon just to check on how things are doing. He's been good about keeping the bandage on and not moving his hurt leg around too much in it.
Phantom in his blue cammo "manly bandage" on my mother's lap. The older folk have been a lot of help with these guys, especially my FFIL who is better at catching Phantom (I have small hands).
Alistair has been VERY good about Phantom being bandaged; he's only really bugged him twice (once to eat some mash off his face, and once when Phantom rumbled at him, he rumbled back and then calmed down and tried to get into one of the "tents" to sit next to him).
Luxi and Luna - THE CARNAGE.
Cutest little "zombie" ever, look at all the remains of that poor watermelon rind on her face. Ruthless.
Yes, GP_Mum, that's Luna (the big beefy girl) reaching in for more.
Luxi is getting bigger, several people I know commented on that. I think she's going to grow up to be big and "beefy" like Luna is. Wow, they're going to look SO much alike when Lux is an adult.
In regards to Phantom's issues. Phantom's leg isn't healing like we'd like it to (of course), mostly because he wouldn't keep it in the cast bent back because he got too freaked/stressed out about that and turned it around. He also isn't eating normally so I'm still hand feeding him (he's eating some, but he still favors the leg). He's not putting as much pressure on the leg as was expected for this point during the recovery process. The bone is trying to grow back stiff and a little bit at an angle. He'll should still be able to use it Doctor said, but it won't be flexible like it should be and he won't be able to do anything like pop corns with it.
The veterinary office is getting a new laser treatment in to help with joint/bone pain and injuries. It should heal everything up faster and minimize scar tissue. Treatments were estimated at a total of $500. Which admittedly right now rather sucks, but it's way better than I was expecting it to cost (in the several thousands range).