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…

Tom, Jack & Harry the Laughing Kookaburra Chicks

Tom, Jack & Harry the Laughing Kookaburra Chicks

Age: Nestlings

Sex: Unknown Weight: 35gms, 96gms & 109gms

Found: After their tree was cut down in the Caboolture region. They were transported immediately to a vet clinic in Morayfield.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Rescue Unit.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude was on duty to treat the little family on arrival to the hospital. Each nestling was assessed separately to ensure neither of them had sustained any injuries during their ordeal. Fortunately Dr Claude didn’t find any abnormalities but one of the chicks was noticeably a lot smaller in comparison to the others but wasn’t of concern as it may have been hatched a day or two after the other chicks.

Treatment: The nestling chicks received a small amount of fluids each to keep them hydrated but other than that their health was good. The chicks didn’t yet have their eyes open or any of down feathers so it was very important they were kept warm in a humidicrib and transferred to a carer straight away.

Future: The chicks were sent to a qualified bird carer the very same day. The carer will be responsible for feeding and caring for the birds until they become independent at about three months of age. Once they are fully grown they will be released back within the same vicinity they were found in but away from areas at risk of habitat clearing and other kookaburra family groups who may reside there.

AZWH Fact: Laughing kookaburra parents will have between one to three chicks in a nest and normally only the strongest will survive. The smaller, weak nestlings may fall or be pushed out of a nest by the larger nestlings while competing for food. In this instance all three chicks have a very good chance of survival.


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