Beth the hamster recovers after foot amputation operation
A hamster has made a full recovery after she suffered a freak injury and had to have a foot amputated, an animal charity has said.
Beth, beloved pet of 13-year-old Codie Wilkinson, needed the operation after a piece of wire, perhaps hidden in her hay, got wrapped around her leg.
Codie's mother Victoria, 38, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, rushed the hamster to the PDSA after she spotted the problem.
She said: "Beth wasn't coming out for her food so we picked her up and, to our horror, we found this piece of wire which seemed to have gone around her foot and up her leg.
"I tried to have a closer look and Beth started to squeal so we took her straight to PDSA."
Even though it was risky to give such a small animal anaesthetic, the operation had to be carried out at the PDSA Sunderland Pet Hospital.
PDSA senior vet Lianne O'Brien said: "We warned Beth's owners that it would be a risky operation but thankfully everything went well and Beth has gone on to make a full recovery."
Grateful Codie has donated her pocket money to the PDSA as a thank you and to pay towards the cost of the operation.
Her mother said: "Beth is doing great now and she can do all the things she used to before the accident and still loves going in her wheel, even with just three legs."
She was still at a loss to explain how the metal got in the cage.
"We've got other hamsters and some rabbits, so we often buy hay bales for bedding. The wire must have been inside there, that's the only explanation we have for it," she said.