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Minny the Brush-tailed Phascogale   - 27th October 2013

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Minny the Brush-tailed Phascogale

Age: Sub-Adult   Sex: Female   Weight: 48 Grams

Found: On the ground, injured, after a possible cat attack.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a local wildlife rescue organisation.

Veterinary Assessment: Minny was bright and alert when she was triaged at the hospital. After being anaesthetised Dr Claude examined her and found puncture wounds around her right leg and also around her neck. This is a typical pattern of a domestic animal attack. Minny's x-ray showed she had no broken bones.

Treatment: Dr Claude cleaned her wounds and gave her medications to prevent infection and to provide pain relief. Minny was also given subcutaneous fluids to assist her body to recover from the effects of dehydration.

Outcome: Minny's future is looking promising. She has been sent to an experienced small mammal rehabilitator. She will remain with her rehabilitator until the wounds have healed and then released back with her family.

AZWH Fact: One of Australia's secret nocturnal animals. They are rarely seen, even here at the hospital. They eat just about anything, birds, lizards, insects, spiders but also drink nectar. The males have a very short life, leaving the hollow at 5 months and dying at 1 year. They are being pushed to extinction, all over Australia, by feral animals.



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