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Anne the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo   - 1st September 2013

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Anne the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Age: Sub-Adult   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 570 grams

Found: On its own, sitting very quietly and apparently unable to fly.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a helpful rehabilitator who was happy to be the Bird Ambulance.

Veterinary Assessment: Anne was very quiet when Dr Amber first examined her and her body condition was quite poor. Once anaesthetised, the vet found wounds on her right wing and right leg and a fracture to her keel (the centre chest bone, that acts as an anchor for the wing muscles) with a wound beside it. Dr Amber also noted that Anne had a significant callus on her right wing where she had an old injury.

Treatment: Dr Amber cleaned the wounds with antibacterial solution and removed any dead tissue from around the sites. Topical treatment and a dressing was applied to the chest wound and bandaged. Dr Amber has scheduled a re-check of Anne's injuries in three days.

Outcome: Anne will remain in ICU until Dr Amber is sure she is stable and then may finish her rehabilitation with a specialist bird carer.

AZWH Fact: Rehabilitation of Australia's large parrots is a very specialist field. It is very important to provide meticulous care but to ensure that the birds do not imprint (adopt) their human carers.



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