Patient of the Week

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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…

Christoph the Barn Owl

Christoph the Barn Owl

Age: Adult

Sex: Unknown Weight: 410gms

Found: In a horse yard in Beachmere located in the Moreton Bay region. He was on the ground being attacked by other birds.

Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by Moreton Bay Rescue Unit.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude found Christoph to be bright and alert on arrival but was concerned by some blood visible around his beak and nostrils. While under anaesthesia, Dr Claude x-rayed Christoph and was happy to find no bone fractures or internal injuries. After assessing his mouth region she could see that it was bruised, swollen and obvious that he had trauma to that area.

Treatment: Dr Claude administered Christoph with pain medication and fluids for hydration. She suggested he stay in the birds intensive care unit for a couple of days under close observation until improvement is seen.

Future: After four days in intensive care Christoph had made good progress. His ability to fly and perch was excellent and the swelling around his beak and nostrils had gone down. Dr Claude was happy to schedule a release date!

AZWH Fact: 12 Barn Owls have been presented to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital over the past 12 months. The most common reason is for car hits but poisoning and injuries sustained by fence entanglement have also been treated.

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