05 March 2008

Wee, wee things

Favourite March sentence so far:

And when working with micromammals please remember the golden standard: a 5 g animal is only too easy to pulverise.

14 furballs:

Dexter Colt said...

Ain't that the truth.

Nancy said...

micromammal...

very true!

QuietusLeo said...

What, praytell, is a micromammal?
(Scientific definition please)

Lioness said...

DC, I actually posted that and thought of you, what with the tiny mice that rule the world and all.

Nancy, what did you squeeeeesh?

Quietusleo, micromammals are the bats, the hedgehogs, rodents and some carnivores, with weights ranging from 5g to a little over a Kg. can you imagine a blood draw? It's basically a punction and one drop is, I'm told, enough for a lot of tests.

Udge said...

Five grams? (Gets out the kitchen scales, putters about, is utterly astonished.) I have dust bunnies here that weigh more than five bloody grams. That's not a mammal, it's a toenail.

Lioness said...

A toenail! A TOENAIL! Gosh that was absolutely hysterical!

QuietusLeo said...

Wow! The smallest I've ever drawn blood from was a 200 gram laboratory rat.
Smallest human I've treated: 750 gram premature infant.
Largest human I've treated 180 kg.
Largest cow I've milked 600 kg.

Lioness said...

I don't think you can do much to a 5 g animal really, probably a baby bat or a baby mouse, you keep them warm and you keep them quiet and isolatd and try and feed them and fingers crossed, I should think.

The cow that broke my wrist (602) weighed abt that. I'm afraid to ask but - what happened to the baby? Nothing very good, I expect, God, 750 g... So sad.

Lioness said...

[602 was her number, not her exact weight btw. I have a picture of her, even though she has long been turned into stak she lives on there and in my arthrosis. Oh, pray tell,how complicated is the removal of a synovial cyst and how long does the recovery usually last, do you know?]

Diana said...

Yes, I imagine a 5 gm creature would be rather easy to pulverize, not to mention lose.

I guess I'd be tempted to ask, "Why?" but that'd merely expose me as the cold-hearted being I'm trying so hard to suppress.

Kristin said...

That is a great quote.

Lioness said...

Diana, I'm not sure that makes you cold-hearted, how can one possibly treat a 5 g creature? Our baby puffins were fed more than that! Keep warm, keep quiet, fingers crossed really.

Kristin, I hope that's what it remains forever, a quote, not a psychic reading of my future.

QuietusLeo said...

The baby needed her patent ductus arteriosus ligated. And she lived.
Synovial cysts, that sounds suspiciously like orthopedics, which is not my forte. I'll ask an orthopedic surgeon and get back to you.

Lioness said...

Yes, suspiciously and literally so, if you could ask a colleague it'd be lovely, thanks! (As long as it doesn't trouble you too much that is.)

Was she brain damaged? I know PDA can be fixed but 750 g is - God, words fail me...