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Edward the Spotted Velvet Gecko   - 27th October 2012

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Edward the Spotted Velvet Gecko

Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 13g

Found: In a house at Reesville with a missing tail after being attacked by a cat.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the pet owner.

Veterinary Assessment: Geckos drop their tails as a natural defence mechanism to escape from predators, and it seems to have worked for Edward! He was moving well, with just a few lacerations on his body.

Treatment: Dr Robyn cleaned and flushed Edward's wounds and glued the lacerations closed. Edward was also administered pain relief and antibiotics.

Future: Edward will be released back into the wild after about ten days in care, and will return to the same area.

AZWH Fact: These geckos are incredibly attractive, but very secretive! This is the first spotted velvet gecko on record at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.



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