Ong the Pied Cormorant - 22nd July 2013
Age: Sub-Adult Sex: Male Weight: 1.63kg
Found: By a member of the public, swallowing a fishing lure with a fish hook attached.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the member of the public.
Veterinary Assessment: Ong was in real trouble. There were two hooks in his neck which Dr Claude surgically removed immediately. The tissue around the hooks was becoming necrotic (dying off) so had to be removed and the hole sutured. After x-rays Dr Claude was astonished to find four more hooks in Ong's stomach.
Treatment: Ong was started on intravenous fluids and antibiotics overnight in preparation for surgery the next morning. Ong actually regurgitated three of the hooks overnight, but the last hook was still in its stomach. Ong had surgery to remove the final hook. During surgery further discoveries where made in Ong's stomach. As well as the hook, Dr Claude also removed three plastic fish.
Outcome: Ong has been transferred into the care of rehabilitators who specialise in waterbirds. He has medication to reduce the swelling and to fight any infection that the foreign bodies may have introduced to his system.
AZWH Fact: Using the beautiful creeks, rivers and waterways that we have in Australia is a privilege. DON'T leave rubbish behind, especially anything that maybe attractive to local wildlife.
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