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Milo the Feathertail Glider   - 1st September 2013

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Milo the Feathertail Glider

Age: Adult   Sex: Female   Weight: 9 Grams

Found: Milo was found on the ground, running away from a bonfire.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the member of the public who was tending the fire.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber found Milo was very bright and alert when she first examined her, but Milo's respiration was audible. Milo's nose and one hand were burnt and her whiskers and ears were singed. The external burns Milo received when her log was put on the fire were minor but Dr Amber diagnosed Milo with compromised respiration due to inhalation of smoke and super-heated air.

Treatment: Milo was given subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories to treat swelling and any potential infection.

Outcome: Milo was placed with a rehabilitator who specialises in the care of Feathertail Gliders and we hope that she recovers quickly.

AZWH Fact: Feathertail Gliders live in family groups. The hollow logs in old trees are their homes. It is very important for the protection of these tiny creatures and others like them to think twice before removing these trees and have all trees checked for animals before they are felled or burned.



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