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Ryan The Ringtail Possum   - 30th April 2013

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Ryan The Ringtail Possum

Age: Adult   Sex: Male   Weight: 830gms

Found: Ryan was hit by a car whilst crossing the road in Mooloolaba. Fortunately the member of the public that hit Ryan stopped to check on him and take him home when he realised he was still alive.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital the next morning. The member of the public didn't know that we are available 24hours a day to treat our injured wildlife.

Veterinary Assessment: Ryan was assessed immediately by Dr Claude who found that whilst he could move around the left eye was damaged and an x-ray revealed a fractured jaw.

Treatment: A blood sample was taken to check his general health and an IV was inserted into his tail to administer fluids and strong pain relief. Dr Claude also prescribed a topical medication for Ryan's eye.

Outcome: It'll take about six weeks before Ryan can eat properly again, and during that time he'll be given special supplements and very soft new leaf growth (his native diet). When Dr Claude is satisfied that Ryan is healing well he'll be placed in care with an experienced, licensed wildlife rehabilitator to complete his recovery.

AZWH Fact: Unlike our other possum species here in South East Queensland, Ringtail Possums do not eat fruit or vegetables. Their diet consists of foliage from a variety of native trees and some of the flowers from these trees as well.



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