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Anna the Black Swan Cygnet   - 11th June 2013

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Anna the Black Swan Cygnet

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 160gms

Found: By a member of the public, injured, on a lagoon in Little Mountain.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit after receiving a rescue call on our Animal Emergency Hotline, 1300 369 652.

Veterinary Assessment: Anna had a large soft tissue injury on her side when she was first examined by Dr Bec. The wound went from the right side of her abdomen down to her right knee joint. X-rays revealed no fractures. Dr Bec flushed the wound thoroughly with anti-bacterial solution and sutured it closed.

Treatment: Dr Bec prescribed antibiotics and pain relief for Anna. She will need a warm, dry environment for at least 2 weeks.

Outcome: Anna has been sent to wildlife carers who are experienced in the rehabilitation of water birds. Her stitches will need to be removed in approximately 14 days. The length of time Anna will need to spend away from her parents will make it necessary to hand raise her and she will be released when she reaches independent age.

AZWH Fact: Black Swans are native to Australia. They can be found on waterways and billabongs in all states of Australia, even into some outback areas. Outside of breeding season Black Swans travel between waterways searching for good food sources. When they travel they fly at night and rest through the day.



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