Dobby the tiny black flying fox was brought into the world sooner than expected after her mother was attacked by a dog.
Dobby’s mother Georgia was found at the base of a tree with severe trauma to her wing membrane. The team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital also discovered that she was carrying a tiny flying fox in her swollen abdomen, almost at full term. With the injuries that Georgia had sustained, there was sadly nothing more the hospital team could do to help her, but there was still hope for her unborn pup.
Dr. Rebecca and her team rushed Georgia into surgery and successfully delivered Dobby the tiny pup via caesarean, and watched her take her very first breaths on her own. Wrapped tight and snug in a bat wrap, with a special bat pacifier in her mouth, Dobby has been placed in care with an experienced bat carer, until she is old enough to be released into the wild.
Caesar the young barking owl broke his wing in his first attempt to fly as a fledgling.
With his fluffy feathers and unsteady wings, Caesar was still learning how to fly when he landed heavily on the ground. An x-ray at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital showed that the fall had broken his radius and ulna in his right wing, with both bones protruding from the skin. This is called a compound fracture and causes an increased risk of infection.
Dr. Rosie and her team took Caesar into surgery to realign the bones and insert a surgical pin to hold them in place, before providing Caesar with broad-spectrum antibiotics and calcium supplements, to help his bones heal. Unlike mammals, bird’s bones can heal quite quickly and in just three weeks firm calluses had formed on the fractures, giving Dr. Rosie the go head to surgically remove the pin in his wing. Less than one week later, Caesar was testing his new wings and was ready to begin his rehabilitation with a specialised wildlife carer.
Pinto the koala was left fighting his life after being hit by a car in a high-speed zone.
With blood on his face and a broken arm, Pinto was rushed to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, where the team confirmed he had sustained multiple breaks to his arm, a ruptured eye and internal bleeding.
Dr. Amber and her team began a number of surgeries to mend Pinto’s broken body. To repair the upper part of this arm, Dr. Amber inserted a series of surgical pins into the humerus (upper arm bone), which were then connected on the outside with surgical clamps to stabilise the fracture (called an external fixator). The other fracture in Pinto’s arm was stabilised with a soft cast which required bandaging his arm and part of his chest. Further surgery was performed 24 hours later to remove Pinto’s badly damaged eye as it was beyond repair.
Pinto has been a fighter from the start. Due to the extent of Pinto’s injuries, and the immobilisation of his fractured arm, he was restricted from climbing for the first part of his recovery and housed in an enclosure in the Mammals Intensive Care Unit. With intravenous fluids, strong pain relief and anti-inflammatories to assist his recovery, he was walking around in the ICU on his own and self-feeding within a couple of weeks.
Despite Pinto’s inspiring progress, his road to recovery has only just begun. Once his fractures have started healing he will begin physiotherapy to build the muscles in his arm and begin climbing again. His extensive rehabilitation means he will remain in care for at least eight months before he can return to the wild.
Lucy the koala joey and her mother were viciously attacked by a dog, leaving Lucy to fend for herself. When Lucy arrived at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital she was dehydrated, distressed and breathing with difficulty. X-rays showed that she had suffered a collapsed lung and was bleeding into her chest and abdomen. During her veterinary examination, tiny Lucy had a seizure due to her injuries, keeping the hospital team on high alert, as they re-inflated her lung and closely monitored her heartbeat, breathing and oxygenation until her condition stabilised. Almost 24 hours after the attack, Lucy’s condition had improved but her long road to recovery had only just begun.
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Thanks to you, the team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital can continue to help orphaned animals like Lucy survive and prosper this trauma season.
Lelo and her mother were tragically struck by a car. The people involved in the accident did all they could, however, Lelo's mother was not able to be saved and sadly died at the roadside. In a determined effort to help Lelo, the family drove for three hours to bring the baby to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Lelo received a full veterinary examination under anaesthetic and it was found that she had bleeding into her abdomen but had no fractures or other major injuries. The hospital team wrapped her in a blanket, gave her a plush toy to cling to and placed her in a warm humidicrib, instantly calming the nerves. Within the hour, Lelo was bright, alert and munching on eucalyptus leaf and the hospital team had arranged a specialised koala carer to raise the tiny orphan.
Thanks to your support, the team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital can continue to help orphaned animals like Lelo and Lucy survive and prosper this trauma season.
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