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Albert the Australian Owlet Nightjar   - 24th August 2014

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Albert the Australian Owlet Nightjar

Age: Adult   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 34gms

Found: In Maroochydore by a member of the public. Albert had been clipped by a car.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Rescue Unit.

Veterinary Assessment: Albert was not able to fly or stand on arrival to the hospital and a minor head tilt was observed, indicating likely head trauma. After a thorough examination under anaesthesia Dr Bec was happy to find no external wounds or obvious injuries and an x-ray of the little bird came back all clear for bone fractures.

Treatment: Dr Bec administered little Albert with pain medication and fluids for rehydration. He was placed in the small animals nursery under very close observation. Two days in hospital showed some improvement but some signs of head trauma were still noticeable, including an inability to perch normally, tilting forward and not being able to eat unassisted.

Outcome: After a number of days in hospital significant improvement was eventually seen and Albert started exhibiting normal bird behaviour. Finally after two weeks of care by the team at AZWH Albert was scheduled for release.

AZWH Fact: Owlet Nightjars will commonly keep to the same area their entire life. For this reason Albert will go back for release to the same location he was found in but safely away from roads and other risks.



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