A Great White Pelican was found injured in Chotila which was rescued by Forest Department, Chotila, Gujarat. We sent our team of rescuers to get the bird at our facility for further treatment and care. The bird was brought on 16 January 2019. On examination, it was found that the bird had lacerated wound on its right shoulder joint exposing humorous bone which was caused due to Manja (the sharp glass coated thread use to fly kites). It was an extensive injury. The bird was in painful condition also unable to eat. The prognosis was poor.
An emergency was performed by our team of expert Vets . The surgery took 2 hours to suture up the wound. Eventually the bird recovered well after the surgery. The bird was kept in enclosure, to restrict the long flights.
Round the clock care, timely feeding, regularly dressing, antibiotics and pain killers helps the bird recovered well. Physiotherapy was regularly given to the wing manually. The bird is showing good signs of recovery.
The bird will now be kept in the aviary for flying practice. After proper curatorial check up, the bird will be released in its natural habitat.
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