Age: Juvenile Sex: Unknown Weight: 3gms
Found: At a home in Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast QLD with duct tape stuck to her body.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a concerned member of the public.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber anaesthetised tiny, little Edwina on arrival so she could complete a full assessment of the snake's condition. After a thorough examination Dr Amber confirmed that the duct tape stuck to Edwina's skin had caused minor scale damage but she was otherwise in good health.
Treatment: Dr Amber carefully removed the duct tape from Edwina's little body using a chemical free adhesive remover. This reduced any further damage caused to her scales. Edwina was then placed in a heated terrarium in the reptiles’ intensive care unit for recovery.
Future: Edwina will remain under close observation in the reptiles ICU until she sheds her skin. This is to ensure she has completely recovered from her injuries before being released back into the wild.
AZWH Fact: The green tree snake happily spends most of its time in trees and shrubs as their long slender body allows them to be extremely agile climbers. While most are green in colour they can also be brown or black; most possessing a yellow throat.
Age: Juvenile Sex: Unknown Weight: 18gms
Found: All alone without their parents on a property in Beerwah, QLD. It was not known how they came to be separated.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a kind member of the public.
Veterinary Assessment: Each individual duckling was assessed by Dr Amber to ensure they were all in good health. Fortunately Dr Amber found that all seven ducklings showed no signs of physical trauma and was satisfied they were in good condition.
Treatment: Fortunately none of the seven ducklings required treatment and were placed inside a heated humidicrib in the small mammals ICU under close observation.
Future: The seven ducklings were all kept together and transferred to a carer the same day. In care they will interact with other orphaned ducklings until they are ready for release. This is usually after three months when all their flight feathers have grown.
AZWH Fact: The wandering whistling duck enjoys the water, usually inhabiting deep lagoons, dams and flooded grasslands. They swim and dive through the water with ease and are not usually found far from the shore.
The Pixies the Pink-Tongued Skinks
Age: Juvenile Sex: Unknown Weight: 2 gms each
Found: On a road in Maleny after their mum was run over by a car. The weight of the car caused the babies to be ejected from her abdomen.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public that rescued them off the road.
Veterinary Assessment: Sadly the mother skink didnt survive however Dr Claude was on duty to immediately check over the remaining four babies. One was very weak and passed away a short-time later but the other three were well developed and strong despite being premature.
Treatment: Dr Claude administered each baby skink with fluids for hydration and placed them in a heated terrarium in the reptiles intensive care unit.
Future: Pink-tongued skinks are independent from the moment they are born. Therefore the three remaining baby skinks were returned to bushland in Maleny the very same day. Instinctively they will start fending for themselves and feed on slugs, snails and worms.
AZWH Fact: Pink-tongued skinks are a useful reptile in a garden or backyard due to their preferred diet of snails and slugs. Unfortunately as a result of living in suburban areas they are commonly under threat by dogs, cats and cars.
Betty Boo the KoalaAge: 18 months Sex: Female Weight: 3.41kgsFound: In the middle of a highway by a truck driver near Marlborough, QLD. It was suspected that she had been caught in a nearby bushfire.Transported to: By the truck driver to a vet clinic. The clinic then had her transferred to AZWH by another amazing member of the public that made the seven hour trip down!Veterinary Assessment: Betty Boo was seen by Dr Bec who found a very nervous little girl with singed fur and a burnt nose. After she was anesthetised for examination, Dr Bec could also see that the pads ofher feet were partly burnt and she was missing some claws.Treatment: Dr Bec cleaned the burns thoroughly with saline solution and applied a sterile gauze bandage to the affected paws. Betty Boo was given strong pain relief, antibiotics to fight againstinfection and fluids.Future: The little koala has since been recovering in the mammals ICU. She is presently having antibacterial ointment applied to her burns on a daily basis and needs some assistance with eatingdue to the injuries on her paws. When she has completely healed Betty Boo will be transferred back to the Marlborough region and placed in bushland, unaffected by fire and safely away from other risks.AZWH Fact: Wildlife can become seriously injured or displaced during bushfires. If you come across a distressed animal call the wildlife emergency hotline in your area.
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