Cookie the Laughing Kookaburra - 8th May 2017
Age: Adult Sex: Weight: 300gms
Found: Cookie was found at the base of a tree in rubbish tip in Caboolture, Queensland, unable to fly.
Transported to: Cookie was rescued by a kind member of the public and brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Veterinary Assessment: On arrival at the Wildlife Hospital it was clear to the team why Cookie was unable to fly, Cookie's wings and tail feathers had been singed. Dr Wendy suspected that Cookie's feathers had been damaged by fire or electrocution, leaving him in a vulnerable state to predators on the ground. Dr Wendy prepared to 'imp' the damaged feathers.
Treatment: Under general anaesthetic, Dr Wendy began the complex process of carefully matching and fitting feathers from the 'feather bank' to Cookie's existing feathers. Once all the feathers were in place, Dr Wendy secured the feathers with a strong, quick-drying glue.
Outcome: After several days at the Wildlife Hospital to ensure the imped feathers were securely in place, Dr Wendy gave Cookie the all clear to continue his rehabilitation with a specialised wildlife carer.
AZWH Fact: It can take birds over a year to naturally molt old or damaged feathers, to make way for new growth. Rather than keeping the injured birds in care for this extended period of time, the team at the Wildlife Hospital can 'imp' (implant) new feathers into the existing feather shaft to allow the bird to fly and return to the wild as soon as possible.
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