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Samson the Red-necked Wallaby   - 1st January 2018

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Samson the Red-necked Wallaby

Age: 6 months   Sex: Male   Weight: 1.5kgs

Found: Young Samson was found in his mother's pouch after they were hit by a car in Kobble Creek, Queensland.

Transported to: The orphaned joey was rushed to UQ Vets Dayboro before being transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialised treatment and care.

Veterinary Assessment: Samson's initial examination and x-rays confirmed that he had suffered a transverse fracture to his tibia bone, a break perpendicular to the shaft of the bone. The team splinted Samson's leg, administered pain-relief and fluids, before scheduling orthopaedic surgery for the following day, to realign the break.

Treatment: Dr Tania and her team placed Samson under general aesthetic and prepared his leg for surgery. During surgery, Dr Tania inserted a large surgical pin into the damaged bone to help the bone heal. Samson then spent just over a week under close observation in the Wildlife Hospital's Nursery, receiving fresh bandages, regular feeds and medication to assist with his recovery.

Outcome: Samson has since been placed with a specialised wildlife carer who will care for him for several months until he is ready to return to the wild.

AZWH Fact: The team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital use surgical plates and pins of all shapes and sizes to mend the fractures of many wild animals. From kangaroos to koalas to birds, all wildlife are given first class treatment.



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