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Beep the Topknot Pigeon   - 21st May 2013

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Beep the Topknot Pigeon

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 190gms

Found: Unable to walk or fly in Buderim.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a bird carer from a local wildlife rehabilitation group.

Veterinary Assessment: After a visual assessment Dr Robyn was able to see that Beep could flap his wings and use his right leg well. Beep's left leg was much weaker and an X-ray revealed a partially healed fracture. Although guarded about his chance for recovery, Dr Robyn made the decision to cast his leg and give him a chance to heal.

Treatment: A cast was applied to Beep's leg and a calcium supplement was added to his food to assist with the healing of the bone. His immediate care will be in a small aviary to protect his leg against damage he might inflict in a larger aviary.

Outcome: The wildlife rehabilitator who rescued Beep will be caring for him during his recovery. After a few weeks he will be put into a larger aviary to test the strength of his newly healed leg, where he will remain until it's strong enough to go back to the wild.

AZWH Fact: Topknot Pigeons are rainforest birds and like other pigeons live in large flocks. Unlike most species of pigeon they live exclusively on fruit. These beautiful birds are fast disappearing due to habitat destruction and slow population growth with females only laying one egg per season!



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