Dr Zoe Glyphis and Dr Andy Fraser were recently called to an adult female cheetah. With 4 cubs, this female had injured her front left leg and was significantly lame.
First of all, radiographs were taken and the leg was manipulated and palpated. Only significant finding was swelling of the soft tissues over the carpal joint. Seems like she has strained her carpus whilst hunting.
She will receive supplementary feeding for the next few weeks to give her a chance to rest and recover. The reserve staff will monitor her over the next few weeks and report back to Saving the Survivors.