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…

Charlotte the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey

Charlotte the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey

Age: Juvenile

Sex: Weight: 1.66kg

Found: Charlotte was sadly left an orphan after her mum was hit by a car in Nanango, QLD.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a local wildlife carer.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec was on duty to assess Charlotte when she arrived. Under anaesthetic Charlotte was x-rayed and Dr Bec unfortunately found that she had fractured both her legs.

Treatment: Charlotte was immediately given pain medication and fluids and was transferred to ICU whilst she awaited specialist surgery to pin her fractures.

Future: Thankfully Charlotte's surgery was a success and she will now remain in the small mammals ICU until her condition has stabilised. After this, Charlotte will be transferred to a registered wildlife carer to raise her to adulthood before being released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: Eastern grey kangaroos are fast and agile thanks to their powerful legs and tail. Males can stand taller than a grown man and can weigh over 66kgs!

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