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: Approx 130 grams each
Found: The two little chicks were found on the ground some time after a severe storm, their nest destroyed.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a Wildlife Rescuer from the Fraser Coast.
Veterinary Assessment: When they arrived the two chicks were very weak. Dr Claude found that they were unable to stand and were very emaciated from lack of food. They had obviously been unattended for a considerable time. Dr Claude found their eyes and beak/mouth were fine and after taking an X-ray found that they had no fractures from the fall.
Treatment: The two chicks were given subcutaneous fluids to assist their rehydration and Dr Claude prescribed lots of food to begin building them to optimum condition and get their growth rate back to normal.
Future: Raptor chicks need lots of space to learn to fly. Special aviaries are required with soft sides to avoid injuries. The chicks will be transferred to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which specialises in large bird rehabilitation, for raising.
AZWH Fact: Collared Sparrowhawks are ambush predators. Darting out of the cover of trees and tall shrubs to catch their prey. They mostly eat small birds. House Sparrows are a favourite along with Common Starlings. They catch their prey in flight, holding them with their especially long middle toe.
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