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Lee the Black Flying Fox   - 15th July 2013

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Lee the Black Flying Fox

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Female   Weight: 370 grams

Found: Lee was caught on a barbed wire fence by her left wing.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit who are all vaccinated to handle bats.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude was the vet on duty when Lee was brought in. There was significant trauma to both Lee's wings. The membrane of the wing is extremely delicate. The left wing membrane below her forearm, and the right wing membrane over and above the elbow joint were torn by the barbs of the wire. Dr Claude found that Lee had also damaged inside her mouth when trying to free herself from the wire.

Treatment: Lee was put on a course of antibiotics, given subcutaneous fluids to combat dehydration, and strong pain medication to help make her comfortable.

Outcome: Lee has been moved into the care of an experienced Flying Fox rehabilitator. She has many months in care ahead of her to repair her damaged wings and learn to fly again.

AZWH Fact: Adult black flying foxes weigh approximately 600 to 800gms. They are the only true flying mammals in the world and have a unique method of flight. When in full flight, their wings scoop forward and cross in front of their face with every flap.



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