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This operation will leave you shellshocked

An animal clinic is earning warm fuzzies for repairing an injured snail, now resting comfortably on a bed of salad.


February 7, 2017 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A veterinary clinic employee uses tweezers and glue to repair a broken shell on a garden snail. A veterinary clinic employee uses tweezers and glue to repair a broken shell on a garden snail. Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook
February 7, 2017 | Latest Photo

All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. But they obviously had never met the staff of the Haclinica veterinary hospital in Israel.

This team spent their Tuesday gluing a snail's shell back together after a woman accidentally stepped on him. The woman brought the snail and his shattered shell to the clinic in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A snail was accidentally stepped on and brought into a veterinary clinic in Tel Aviv, Israel.The snail was accidentally trampled by a pedestrian and brought into the Haclinica veterinary hospital on Tuesday. (Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook)

It's a meticulous process that's much more complicated than you might think. How do we know that, you ask? The staff documented the entire procedure, step by step, on their Facebook page, encouraging followers to come to the clinic to visit the recuperating snail, which they named Chevy.

Can Chevy be whole again? Time will tell.Can Chevy be whole again? Time will tell. (Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook)

After the initial post, several followers asked the clinic to share their own instructions for repairing a snail shell, should such an accidental trampling happen again. It turns out that this is a highly common occurrence in Israel this time of year – garden snails love moisture, and it's been raining heavily in the area lately. When the snails get curious, they often venture out – right into the path of unwitting pedestrians.

An injured snail's shell is repaired at Tel Aviv clinic.What do you do when someone brings an injured snail into a veterinary clinic? Pass the tweezers and start gluing. (Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook)

"For the broken shell, we need a combination of patience and finesse with epoxy glue ..." the clinic wrote. "We make sure the glue stays outside the shell and does not penetrate the inner patch."

Chevy the snail at the Haclinic veterinary clinic after his shell was stepped on.Gluing a snail shell back together takes patience and lots of glue, clinic staff said. (Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook)

Chevy will probably stay at the clinic for a few more weeks to let the shell heal. And in the meantime, Haclinica staff are earning praise for their dedication to the animal's recovery.

"You guys rock!" Facebook user Karin Kotler said. "Giving meaning to every living creature."

Chevy the snail is recovering comfortably at the clinic on a bed of salad.Chevy the snail is recovering comfortably at the clinic on a bed of salad. (Photo: Haclinica Veterinary Clinic Facebook)

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