<<Update on Franklin!! His eye is all fixed up! The stitches worked! New photos on the way.>>
First, Franklin is a Schweetie. He was born with a genetic deformity in his right eye, called entropion. His upper lid turns in on itself resulting in an incessant rubbing of his eyelashes against his cornea. Imagine that. <<Le OUCH.>> Uncorrected, in addition to being painful, the friction would eventually cause blindness.
The least invasive way of hopefully correcting this is a tarsorrhaphy, which sounds just as painful, but required only a local anesthetic, and Franklin weathered it completely unfazed.
These photos show his condition before, and the last one, one week after the procedure - with fine blue tacking stitches that look like eyelashes. He'll keep the stitches for about month - and we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, there's no indication that he's experienced any permanent loss of vision although his right eye may be (genetically) slightly smaller than the left. If this doesn't correct the lid turn, then a more serious surgical procedure will need to be considered. But the outlook is very good.
Good-natured, furry, and incredibly handsome Franklin is up for adoption. If you ever thought having a mini woolly mammoth as a companion might be cool - you were right, and here's your chance!
Siblings: Luna (formerly Dax), Della, Dot
Male medium hair gray fuzzball
Born: June 2015