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Icarus the White-Bellied Sea Eagle   - 5th March 2018

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Icarus the White-Bellied Sea Eagle

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 3.25kgs

Found: Icarus was found on the ground with a severely broken wing in Cashmere, Queensland after a suspected car hit or possible injury during a recent storm.

Transported to: A wildlife carer transported the eagle to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for medical attention.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Rosie and her team examined the bird on admission, noting the open wound on her wing and bone protruding from the skin. A closer examination and x-rays confirmed that Icarus had suffered a compound fracture of two metacarpal bones in her left wing, leaving her unable to fly.

Treatment: To repair the bone, Dr Rosie inserted three perpendicular surgical pins through the damaged bone and clamped them externally to provide strength with minimal disruption. Dirt, blood clots and bone fragments were removed from the wound by thorough flushing, before the wing was bandaged to provide extra support to the broken bone.

Outcome: In the Birds Intensive Care Unit, Icarus received pain relief and antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection. With regular check-ups and fresh bandage changes every two days, the wound healed and bone callus formed. After four weeks, Icarus was transferred to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to continue her rehabilitation.

AZWH Fact: The white-bellied sea eagle is Australia's second largest raptor!



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