Luke the Long-Nosed Potoroo - 12th March 2013
Age: Juvenile Sex: Male Weight: 276gms
Found: By a member of the public in the Maleny area, hiding at the bottom of a set of stairs near the snake that had swallowed his Mum.
Transported to: Luke had returned to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for a check-up, after spending the previous week with an experienced wildlife carer.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude found that Luke was bright and alert but had an unusual allergic reaction to his milk formula, giving him diarrhoea.
Treatment: Luke was prescribed a change in the specific milk formula he was having, to try to alleviate the symptoms. Orphaned native animals require specific formula but sometimes even this needs modification.. It demonstrates how important contacting wildlife experts is as soon as possible if you find one that needs care.
Outcome: Luke will remain in care with a very experienced rehabilitator until he is well enough to be released back into the wild.
AZWH Fact: This is the first Potoroo that has ever been brought into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital! Long-nosed Potoroo are listed as vulnerable in Queensland.
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