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Turus the Little Red Flying Fox   - 11th June 2018

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Turus the Little Red Flying Fox

Age: 2 weeks old   Sex: Male   Weight: 38gms

Found: Turus' mother was found entangled in a barb wire fence in Somerset, Queensland. Turus was tucked underneath his mother's wing.

Transported to: A specialised wildlife carer rescued the mother and son duo and brought them to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialised treatment and care.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Tania confirmed that both Turus and his mother were suffering from aspiration pneumonia. The mother had a mass of granulation tissue on one thumb, typically produced in response to infection. Turus' finger on his right wing was dislocated.

Treatment: Dr Tania placed a dressing and splint on Turus' wing and administered intravenous fluids to the mother. She then began both flying foxes on a treatment of antibiotics, pain relief as well as medication to fight bacterial infection. Once stabilised, a specialised wildlife carer took on their care.

Outcome: Once Turus and his mother have recovered they will be able to return to their home in the wild.

AZWH Fact: Little red flying foxes are tree-dwellers and roost in giant camps that may include as many as a million individuals. Whilst roosting, the mothers wrap their young in their wings and hold them close.



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