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ingenious slings

I’m always learning something new at the sanctuary, and it amazes me how much knowledge Terry and Dave, and all sanctuary people have, and need to know.

One of the turkeys had injured her leg, they believe from jumping down from her night perch. Carly arrived at the sanctuary about a year and a half ago (just before Thanksgiving of 2006), but they are bred to grow so big and so fast that their skeletons are often overburdened. Needless to say, Carly isn’t the first who has had this kind of injury. She wasn’t putting any weight on it, and she had her toes curled up under her, so Terry and Dave wheeled this contraption over that is a frame to which different size slings can be attached.

It was really ingenious. They got it a few years back from a company in Washington (state), and though they got it at the time for a pig who was having trouble standing, they’ve used it several times for turkeys and once used it to bring a hurt cow in from a far pasture. The frame+sling can be attached to the trailer hitch of a truck…otherwise you can imagine that getting a 2000 lb cow-who-couldn’t-walk anywhere would have been impossible!

carly in the sling at ps

This weekend it was used to give Carly a chance to stand, supported. This will prevent other injuries from her putting all her weight on her good side, and will help keep her muscles working on her bad side without needing to make her injured leg support her weight. As soon as they put her in it, she lifted her head right up, and seemed really happy. We fed her fresh corn, which she gobbled up, and that was a bit of a relief because she hadn’t been eating before. Eventually she fell asleep. It made me think wistfully of hammocks, and how nice it would be to have one to nap in!


3 responses to “ingenious slings

  1. Kay Evans May 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Deb, Thank you for posting this. I once tried to make a sling for a broiler chicken from a wheeled laundry basket, but it did not work well. Your photo and description give me a better understanding of something that is doable. I wish Carly a speedy recovery with her leg. She looks like a real sweetie. Kay

  2. Mary Martin May 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I wish every person who “celebrates” Thanksgiving the old fashioned-way, with a carcass on the table, could see Carly and hear her story.


  3. Deb May 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Kay – I’m glad it might help! I have other pictures that show more of the overall structure, if it would help. And I’m sure Terry could answer any questions as well! I’ll pass on your well wishes to Carly tomorrow! πŸ™‚

    Mary – I agree, it is really sad to me that people think it is a celebration when they require a life to be sacrificed for it. The sanctuary does a Thanksgiving celebration, and the turkeys are the guest of honor. We do tables and put goodies they like on there, and it is really cool to see. Everyone seems really moved by it. Of course it is mostly vegans and vegetarians! It is cool in other ways too – it is a potluck, and everything is required to be vegan. Last year we had around 300 people, I think it was. That’s an absolutely amazing amount of vegan food to see in one place! πŸ™‚

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