Sunday 24 September 2017

Wanda the wombat undergoes rare life-saving hip surgery

Wanda the wombat is recovering from surgery to have her hip replaced - the first time the operation has been performed on animal of her size.

A female wombat called Wanda is recovery at Adelaide Zoo's animal health centre, after undergoing hip replacement surgery.

One of the surgeons said: 'I personally haven't seen a hip issue in a wombat before'.

At 22, Wanda is in her twilight years and had developed arthritis in her hip. She had stopped using one leg and needed a step to get in her nest.

Vets decided surgery was the only option to save her life and brought in specialist surgical teams to help remove the ball off her hip in a two hour long operation.

A surgeon said: 'In a dog and a cat it's pretty easy to do, if you have a wombat with a lot of musculature around the hip, the approach can be a lot more challenging'.

Wanda is expected to make a full recovery.

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