Betty Boo the Koala
Age: 18 months Sex: Female Weight: 3.41kgs
Found: 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 of
her 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 against
infection 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 eating
due 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.
Kel the Eastern Tube Nosed Bat
Age: Adult Sex: Female Weight: 43gms
Found: In the Mackay region. Initial treatment took place at a vet clinic close to where she was found.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital while on the way to an experienced carer.
Veterinary Assessment: Kel was alert and hanging well in her transport cage on arrival. Dr Amber anaesthetised Kel so she could check her condition before going to the carer. Her injury consisted of a large area of torn and missing right wing membrane as a result of trauma.
Treatment: Kel had already been given antibiotics and had her wound dressed at the revious vet clinic. Dr Amber gave her some more fluids and administered painkillers. Amazingly bat wings do heal well in the right environment and after Kel was checked over she was transferred to the carer to assist with the healing process.
Future: Kel will remain with her carer for a number of months before her wing is completely healed. It will be important that she has the opportunity to fly at some point in care so she can stretch the wing out and prevent scar tissue build up. Following recovery she will be transported back to Mackay for release.
AZWH Fact: Kels cause of affliction is unknown but barbed wire fencing poses a big threat to bats and other low flying and gliding animals. She is the second tube nosed bat ever to be admitted to AZWH
Patient of the week
Eloise the Echidna
Age: Adult Sex:Female Weight: 2.95kg
Found: In Upper Caboolture. Eloise had been
attacked by 2 dogs.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public. On the way, Eloise crawled up into the footwell and behind the glove box of the car she was traveling in. The entire glove box compartment had to be removed on arrival!
Veterinary Assessment: Eloise was given a sedative to allow the nurse to gently extract her from the tight spot she was in. Without sedation it would have been impossible to safely remove her. Dr
Robyn assessed Eloise once she was finally out and found her condition to be good, apart from some fractured/ bleeding spines caused by the dog attack.
Treatment: Once Eloise was completely checked over Dr Robyn cleaned the blood from her spines and administered her with a painkiller and anti-inflammatory medication.
Future: Eloise spent one night in the mammals intensive care unit before being transferred to a carer. Her progress will be monitored for 3-4 days before Eloise is released back into the wild.
AZWH Fact: The Echidna's spines only cover the top of its body and when attacked it will burrow into the ground or curl itself into a ball using its spines as protection against a predator. Luckily for Eloise this amazing method of defence is what saved her.
Sex: Unknown Weight: 570 grams
Found: Lorde fell out of his nest and was found by a member of the public, who called a local wildlife rescue group.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the rescue group. As Lorde's nest was too high for the rescuers to return him to his parents.
Veterinary Assessment: When he arrived Lorde was quiet, but bright and alert. Dr Amber found he was a little cold and weak. His mobility was fine and he was able to stretch out his wings. Although no injuries were found, it was obvious that Lorde was still a big baby, hungry and confused, away from his siblings in the nest.
Treatment: Dr Amber administered subcutaneous fluids to counteract any dehydration that Lorde may be experiencing.
Future: A specialist wildlife rehabilitator will care for Lorde until he is old enough to fly and survive on his own. He will then be released into his home territory.
AZWH Fact: Royal Spoonbills are fresh water birds, that feed in our wetlands, marshes and sometimes man-made lakes and ponds. During the mating season Royal Spoonbills erect a fan shaped crest, which is situated behind the head, the males is slightly larger than the females.
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