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Caltex the Wattlebird   - 17th November 2012

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Caltex the Wattlebird

Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 50g

Found: By a local resident at Moffat Beach completely covered in engine oil.

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

Veterinary Assessment: Despite the oil, Dr Amber's assessment found that Caltex was a bright, alert and responsive little wattlebird, who luckily had no signs of any other injury.

Treatment: Dr Amber gave Caltex TWO natural shampoo washes to make sure all the feathers were cleaned of oil. She also administered sub-cutaneous fluids to aid recovery.

Future: After the thorough washing, Caltex was transferred to a local bird carer until well enough to be released back into the wild around the Moffat Beach area.

AZWH Fact: Caltex is the fifth patient admitted so far this year suffering from an oil spill or other chemical misadventure. Please give us a call if you find any injured wildlife!



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