Leo the Pied Cormorant - 10th March 2014
Age: Sub-Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 870 grams
Found: Leo was found on a beach, on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, by a member of the local council, with fishing line in his mouth.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a helpful citizen of the Sunshine Coast.
Veterinary Assessment: Leo was found to be quite thin when he arrived, but Dr Amber's first impression was that he was bright, alert and able to stand alone. Fishing line from the mouth is a clear indication that the animal has swallowed fishing tackle of some sort. An X-ray by Dr Amber showed a small hook in Leo's stomach, but it was the large solid mass attached to it that worried Dr Amber.
Treatment: Leo had surgery to remove the hook in his stomach. The mass identified on x-rays was found to be a large plastic lure that was removed as well. He was prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection and pain relief.
Outcome: Leo recovered from the surgery well and has been transferred to specialist waterbird rehabilitators until his wound has healed and he has gained sufficient weight. Then he will be released back to his beach side home.
AZWH Fact: Pied Cormorants are waterbirds that live along the coastal edge but can also be found in wetlands and marshes. Cormorants feed on fish, but also crustaceans and molluscs. They have a special membrane that covers and protects their eyes while they dive for food.
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