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Lola the Baby Platypus   - 18th January 2013

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Lola the Baby Platypus

Age: Juvenile Sex: Female Weight: 330g

Found: Emaciated at Eumundi, with no sign of her parents nearby.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a concerned member of the public.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec found Lola to be dehydrated and with signs of infection. No ticks were present, and Lola was alert and responsive.

Treatment: Lola was prescribed antibiotics and fluids, and stayed in care under close observation. She loved her swims and ate lots of mealworms and earthworms, which aided her quick recovery.

Outcome: Lola was released back into the wild after three days in care at the Hospital.

AZWH Fact: Lola is our fourth platypus admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital so far this year! Recent hot weather has had these monotremes on the move.



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