“He had burns around his eyes, his mouth, his ears, his belly,” Emily Martin, a vet at Care More Animal Hospital, told The Dodo. “We really didn’t know how severe his injuries were initially, just because we had to worry about inhalation burns.”
Taka’s eyes were also badly injured — sadly, he ended up going blind.
When Taka started having trouble breathing, the vet team transferred him to the clinic at the University of Georgia, where he could be hooked up to an oxygen machine. After a couple days, Taka was strong enough to return to Care More Animal Hospital, and the team there have been doing everything they can to help him get better.