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Lorde the Royal Spoonbill Chick   - 18th February 2014

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Lorde the Royal Spoonbill Chick

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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