Skillie's stepdaughter

There are wedding plans for Skillie, for when she's better.

This is her future stepdaughter.

Her future stepdaughter likes apples, and prefers to eat them out of her adoptive mother's hand.

She thinks she can climb stairs.  Not very well, it seems.

Skillie's babies will fortunately have four legs.

A sick tortoise

My current head of department, Wolfgang, and his fiancĂ©e were recently in the Eastern Cape, and came across a tortoise that had been hit by a car.  They rescued her, and she has been to hospital.  Unfortunately she had to have her foot amputated, and gets daily antibiotic injections, which she doesn't like at all.

It's unlikely that she will be able to be released back into the wild, so she's getting a new home, all legal with the right permits.

Her name is Skillie.

This is her being told she's going to get her medicine.  When she realises this, she goes into her shell fast.  The vet taught Wolfgang how to give her her injections.

She wouldn't come out, so I took her, and I was new to her, so she came out to look.  That gave us a chance to get hold of her leg.  Here she is getting her injection.

This is Wolfgang with Skillie after her injection.

This is me with Skillie.  Her shell had cracked underneath, and her one back leg broken.  The foot has been amputated and bandaged.

Skillie doesn't bite.

A close up of Skillie.

Skillie had been to the toilet before the injection.

Hopefully she'll recover well.

Welcome to the rural virologist

Welcome to my new blog, about medical virology, rural medicine, and the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

In 2005, I qualified as a medical virologist, FCPathSA(Virol), and in 2006 I finished my MMed in virology at Stellenbosch University.

As from February 2007, I will be working in Umtata, as the only medical virologist in the Eastern Cape province, with plans to build up the virology service there, and to consult on laboratory, diagnostic, and clinical virology in the Eastern Cape.

On this blog, I plan to document my journey in rural medicine, and let people know more about the life of a virologist, and about the Eastern Cape.

Please join me on this journey.

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