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Dave the Brolga   - 15th February 2013

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Dave the Brolga

Age:        Adult       Sex:        Male      

Found: In a Beerburrum paddock by a member of the public, too weak to stand. 

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

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec assessed Dave and found he was very weak with his respiration laboured. She x-rayed the brolga and although no fractures were found, there was an old injury to his wing which had caused severe bruising and an infected wound.

Treatment: Dr Bec cleaned the infected area and administered subcutaneous fluids. Dave was also medicated with antibiotics to fight the infection and pain relief.

Future: After two days in the AZWH intensive care unit being administered IV fluids, Dave was sent to specialist water bird rehabilitators to continue his recovery and regain his strength.

AZWH Fact: Dave is only the second brolga ever tp be admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital! The brolga is one of Australia's taller cranes and their wingspan is a very impressive two metres. During the mating season, the brolga dances to attract a mate.



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