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…

Dani the Pelican

Dani the Pelican

Age: Sub Adult

Sex: Weight: 5.1kg

Found: On the beach at Maroochydore River, QLD.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue Service.

Veterinary Assessment: When Dani arrived Dr Amber immediately noticed that she was considerably weak and quiet. After blood tests and a thorough examination of Dani's physical condition Dr Amber confirmed that she was suffering from a case of botulism.

Treatment: Dr Amber administered IV fluids and antibiotics to aid Dani's recovery and then transferred her to a registered wildlife carer the same day.

Future: Dani will remain in care until she has made a full recovery. Once Dr Amber has given her the all clear she will be released back into the area she was found but away from any potential risks.

AZWH Fact: Avian botulism is a paralytic and often fatal disease that is caused by a water born bacteria. If you see a distressed pelican or any other seabird, call the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital or your local sea bird rescue service.

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