The more than one hundred Animals who were liberated yesterday in a raid on a Sneak-a-Snuggle outside The Park are “relatively healthy and happy to be free,” according to Hermione Hippo, head nurse at the Park Hospital for the Afflicted and Infirm.
Hippo, who is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of West Terrier, said she was called in to the hospital in the very early hours of April 23 to assess and triage the liberated Animals.
“This was a total surprise,” she says.
“We’ve been working on a plan to contain Tulip-Related Illness and Small Ball Fever. That has been our focus for the past two months. We were blindsided by this,” she told Mammalian Daily Radio host Didier Wombat in an interview this morning.
Hippo said the majority of Animals were “relatively healthy,” which made her job much easier.
“They appeared to have been looked after, at least. They were well-nourished when they came in, but they were in shock. I don’t think it ever occurred to them that they would be able to escape their confinement,” she said.
The Animals will stay at the Park Hospital until Monday, at least, Hippo confirmed. After that, they will be re-assessed and receive counselling and other aid before they are released. Hippo said she had she had no idea as yet of how many plan to remain in The Park.