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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 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."
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