Pinky the Pink-eared Duck - 17th June 2013
Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 300gms
Found: In the garden of a local social club in Caloundra, by the gardener.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit. The gardener alerted the hospital when Pinky made no attempt to fly or move.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec was on duty in our emergency treatment room and found that Pinky was alert and reactive but very quiet. On closer examination, extensive bruising was discovered in the chest and shoulder area. This would have made flying very painful, though x-rays indicated no fractures.
Treatment: Pinky was prescribed a course of antibiotics and pain relief and given subcutaneous fluids.
Outcome: Under the care of specialist water bird rehabilitators Pinky will receive expert help to get back to full health and be released.
AZWH Fact: Pink earred Ducks get their name from a small bright pink dot of feathers that cover their ears. These birds have a huge, strangely shaped beak. Their beak is fringed with fine grooves to help filter microscopic plants and animals from the water, for food.
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