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Paykel the Grey Headed Flying Fox Pup   - 26th November 2013

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Paykel the Grey Headed Flying Fox Pup

Age: Two weeks   Sex: Male   Weight: 84 Grams

Found: Paykel was found by a member of the public hanging very low in a bush in their yard. They did exactly the right thing and didn't touch the little boy but called a specialist Bat Rescue organisation to come and help.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a vaccinated member of the Bat Rescue group.

Veterinary Assessment: When Dr Claude examined Paykel she found him to be very thin and very cold. He had been exposed to the elements from the previous night, which had produced a severe thunder storm, through which Paykel had been without the protection and warmth of his mother. Dr Claude found Paykel had no injuries or trauma.

Treatment: Due to the length of exposure to the elements Dr Claude predicted such a young animal would likely succumb to pneumonia so Paykel was prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection. He was given subcutaneous fluids to counteract dehydration and placed into our Intensive Care Nursery.

Outcome: Paykel will be placed with a vaccinated wildlife rehabilitator to continue his rehabilitation. As a very young Flying Fox he will stay with the rehabilitator until he is old enough to fly and will then be released with a group of other animals the same age.

AZWH Fact: Grey headed Flying Foxes are nocturnal feeders and their diet is almost exclusively nectar and pollen from native trees. Grey Headed Flying Foxes live in large groups called camps, and they are listed as environmentally vulnerable.



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