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Liam the Eastern Grey Kangaroo   - 16th April 2018

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Liam the Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Male   Weight: 2.65kgs

Found: Liam was found alone on a golf course in Pelican Waters, Queensland, too young to fend for himself.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Rescue Unit came to Liam's aid and brought him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, to receive specialised care.

Veterinary Assessment: On arrival at the wildlife hospital, Liam was able to move around tentatively but well, in the observation room. Despite being on his own for up to one week, he was hydrated and in reasonable body condition. An examination by Dr Bec and her team confirmed that Liam's body was recovering from a number of old trauma injures; a fracture in his left leg and two fractures in his right.

Treatment: Dr Bec administered glucose and a saline IV to aid Liam's recovery, before transferring him to the Nursery to be monitored overnight. As Liam's damaged bones had begun the healing process naturally (bone callus and growth plates had formed), he was stable enough to be placed with a specialised wildlife carer the following day.

Outcome: Liam will spend a few months in care until he has completed his rehabilitation and is old enough to be released into the wild.

AZWH Fact: An eastern grey kangaroo joey will remain with its mother until 11 months old, when it has reached its independence age and ready to fend for itself. A wildlife carer acts as a surrogate mother to young orphans, providing them with specialised care to give them the chance at survival in the wild.



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