Lorde the Royal Spoonbill Chick - 18th February 2014
Age: Juvenile Sex: Unknown Weight: 570 grams
Found: Lorde fell out of his nest and was found by a member of the public, who called a local wildlife rescue group.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the rescue group. As Lorde's nest was too high for the rescuers to return him to his parents.
Veterinary Assessment: When he arrived Lorde was quiet, but bright and alert. Dr Amber found he was a little cold and weak. His mobility was fine and he was able to stretch out his wings. Although no injuries were found, it was obvious that Lorde was still a big baby, hungry and confused, away from his siblings in the nest.
Treatment: Dr Amber administered subcutaneous fluids to counteract any dehydration that Lorde may be experiencing.
Outcome: A specialist wildlife rehabilitator will care for Lorde until he is old enough to fly and survive on his own. He will then be released into his home territory.
AZWH Fact: Royal Spoonbills are fresh water birds, that feed in our wetlands, marshes and sometimes man-made lakes and ponds. During the mating season Royal Spoonbills erect a fan shaped crest, which is situated behind the head, the males is slightly larger than the females.
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