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Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:12 pm
by Lee Marsh
I woke up at 4 am this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so I decided to vist my flyers, one of which was busy in his excercise wheel. When I went in, I heard my lady flyer on the floor; unusual for her. I turned on my overhead to find Sweet Pea struggling to escape from duct tape that had been holding my Christmas tree box together. I guess she had been trying to get in the box and got stuck. I panicked because she was hanging from her tail with nothing to put her feet on. I have no idea how long she had been hanging, but she was kicking her legs furiously trying to get away. I immedeately put my left hand underneath her so she had something to stand on, but my right hand was unable to get her tail off the tape. I used my teeth to tear the tape. When I pulled the tape away, what looked like about a half inch of her tail was still stuck to it. I figured out later that it was only hair; I had pulled all of her hair and left a bald inch or so of tail still attached to her. Unfortunately, there is still some tape left attached to her tail closer to her rear-end. A lady at work suggested that baby oil would neutralize the glue so it would fall off. I am afraid she will chew her tail off. There was blood on my hand after the incident. I have been worrying about what I will find when I get home from work. Any ideas? :?:

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:53 pm
by lynn
Baby oil or mineral oil may help loosen the adhesive on the duct tape. The hair will grow back, so at worst it is better to cut the tape off (without snipping skin) than pull it out. I have also heard of using nail polish remover, but you would have to wash that off after, and I doubt you could get a SFS to hold still for that. She can't be happy; I hope you have a strong pair of Kevlar gloves!
I hope everything is OK when you get home. Just treat any minor injury with a dab of triple antibiotic cream.

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:12 pm
by Chippy
I am on pins and needles and will be anxious to know that everything is ok when you get home.

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:06 pm
by Joan
Peanut butter also works as an oil and she'll like cleaning it up.

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:02 am
by Lee Marsh
I got home after work and Sweet Pea accepted her pecan like normal. She even chased Indy a little. The tape is still stuck to her though, and follows her around like toilet paper stuck to the bottem of someone's shoe. It looks funny, but I am still a little worried. Jennifer is going to meet me at my house tonight to try and remove it. I have never heard of using peanut butter; I bought some baby oil yesterday. It makes me think though. :?

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:15 am
by Lee Marsh
Jennifer and I were able to remove the tape using baby oil. I held while Jenn gently stroked the tape with the oil until it came loose. She then padded it with a paper towel to soak up as much oil as possible. The last quarter inch of her tail is completely bald, and looks thinner then I would expect. I will have to wait to see if the hair grows back, or if Sweet Pea bites it off due to irritation. It is difficult to gauge because, right now she is semi-hibernating, and so doesn't come out much. I may have to invade her nesting box with a flash light to tell for sure. :?

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:41 pm
by Joan
Lee Marsh wrote:Jennifer and I were able to remove the tape using baby oil.


Great!

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:09 am
by Deb
Oh! Bless her little heart! Makes me worry what may be dangerous that I haven't thought of. They're all out bouncing around like crazy tonight. I know I won't outlast them tonight either, so I guess I'd better go take one more walk around looking for duct tape traps or other flyer dangers. :roll:

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:55 pm
by voguemamselle619
aw poor sweet pea! i hope she makes a full recovery.

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:34 am
by Lee Marsh
I'm posting pictureds of Sweet Pea so you can see her tail. It apparently is not going to grow back, so it looks as if she will have this "tapered tail" look going forward. It actually doesn't look bad at all, just different.



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Indy (on the left) has not lost any interest in Sweet Pea.

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Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:44 am
by Joan
[quote="Lee Marsh"]I'm posting pictureds of Sweet Pea so you can see her tail. It apparently is not going to grow back, so it looks as if she will have this "tapered tail" look going forward. It actually doesn't look bad at all, just different.

Chuck has one of those from when Mishi split his tail once. :roll:

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:38 am
by peep
The baby oil was a good idea. Any water soluble cooking oil is safe on animals, too. If you don't want them to chew or lick it, use safflower oil, squirrels don't like the taste of safflower. I rub it on my furniture to keep them from chewing it.

Poor baby girl!
peep

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:52 pm
by lynn
Dixie's tail looks like that without having been stuck to duct tape! It just happened after the last molt. I'm waiting to see if it grows back this spring, but if not, it's a quick way to tell the difference between the girls.
It looks like Sweet Pea has quite recovered, otherwise!

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:09 pm
by voguemamselle619
shylo's tail looks sorta like that from when her tail degloved. sometimes it's more filled out and rounded, and other times its like a V depending on the molt. doesn't look bad at all though, just a different style!

Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:51 am
by Lee Marsh
I took these pictures last night. I looks as if her tail is filling in a little, so maybe she gets all of her tail back after all.

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Re: Duct Tape Disaster

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:33 pm
by Joan
Looks good.