Tripod is another sad, but
typical case. Abandoned in a box in an alleyway, he and his young
brothers and sisters were badly neglected and undernourished. Tripod
and one of his brothers had serious leg injuries, possibly due to the type
of fluffy synthetic bedding that had been given to them. The danger of
this type of bedding is that
it can tighten round the hamsters' legs and they are unable to chew through
it to free themselves. One of the hamsters had been so badly
injured he had gnawed his own leg off.
Tripod required immediate
surgery to remove the damaged leg. Fortunately for Tripod it was one
of his back legs that had been injured, and for a hamster in captivity, this
does not present much of a problem. Apart from not being allowed a
wheel in his cage which would result in over use of the other rear leg, and
possible rubbing of his 'stump' he lives a perfectly normal and happy life.