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Bob the Lace Monitor   - 14th September 2012

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Bob the Lace Monitor

Age: Adult Weight: 5.8kg Sex: Male

Found: On a road at Toorbul, near Bribie Island, after he was hit by a car.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by Emma from the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Robyn assessed Bob on arrival and found he had suffered a fracture of the mandible, a large laceration in his mouth, as well as a small cut to his chin and the left side of his neck, as a result of the collision.

Treatment: Dr Robyn sutured Bob's mouth, chin and neck lacerations closed, and also removed three loose fractured teeth. She then sutured in place a splint to immobilize the jaw fracture. Bob was also administered antibiotics, pain relief and fluids.

Future: Bob will remain in Reptiles ICU until his injuries have healed fully and he is able to be released back into the wild.

AZWH Statistic: Bob is our heaviest lace monitor patient on record! It's perfectly normal to see these giant lizards climbing trees at this time of year to raid bird nests.



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