Patient of the Week
All proceeds from Steve Irwin Day go into projects such as the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Australian Wildlife Hospital.
The Australian Wildlife Hospital treats thousands of injured animals each year. Sadly, many of them don’t make it back to the wild. The lucky ones make a full recovery and go on to live happy and healthy lives in their natural habitat. These are their stories…
Sex: Unknown Weight: 570 grams
Found: Lorde fell out of his nest and was found by a member of the public, who called a local wildlife rescue group.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the rescue group. The rescuers first checked if Lorde could be returned to his parents.
Veterinary Assessment: When he arrived Lorde was quiet, but bright and alert. Dr Amber found he was a little cold and weak. His mobility was fine and he was able to stretch out his wings. Although no injuries were found, it was obvious that Lorde was still a big baby, hungry and confused, away from his siblings in the nest.
Treatment: Dr Amber administered subcutaneous fluids to counteract any dehydration that Lorde may be experiencing.
Future: A specialist wildlife rehabilitator will care for Lorde until he is old enough to fly and survive on his own. He will then be released into his home territory.
AZWH Fact: Royal Spoonbills are fresh water birds, that feed in our wetlands, marshes and sometimes man-made lakes and ponds. During the mating season Royal Spoonbills erect a fan shaped crest, which is situated behind the head, the males is slightly larger than the females.
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