Treating patients at Australia's Wildlife Hospital

by Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
Mar 24, 2014

Lorde the Royal Spoonbill Chick

Lorde the Spoonbill Chick
Lorde the Spoonbill Chick

Age: Juvenile

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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Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

Location: Beerwah, Queensland - Australia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Melissa Knibb
Beerwah, Queensland Australia
$29,366 raised of $50,000 goal
620 donations
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