Buckley the Spotted Harrier - 9th July 2013
Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 570 grams
Found: Buckley was found with his wing entangled on a barbed wire fence.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the member of the public who found him on his property.
Veterinary Assessment: After anaesthetising Buckley, Dr Amber had to first remove the barbed wire still in his wing. To get him to hospital quickly the rescuer cut the wire from the fence. The membrane near the left carpus (wrist) was damaged and Dr Amber found other puncture wounds in the wing. There were no fractures found, but Buckley had been on the fence for quite some time as he was very dehydrated and his body condition was poor.
Treatment: To treat his dehydration Buckley was administered subcutaneous fluids. He was also given antibiotics to fight any infection in the wounds and an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling. Dr Amber will monitor the tissue damage over the next week.
Outcome: Hopefully Buckley's recovery will be quick. Once he is strong enough he will be transferred to a raptor flight aviary to strengthen his wing before he is released.
AZWH Fact: Spotted Harriers are found all over the Australian continent, mostly in drier areas. The female is the larger, and grows to 60cm in length. They have a distinct rufous colouring around their face. Buckley is the first one of this species to visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
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