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Wallace & Gromit the long-nosed bandicoots   - 9th September 2019

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Wallace & Gromit the long-nosed bandicoots

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Male   Weight: 70gms

Found: Wallace and Gromit were found alone on the ground within Australia Zoo. They had somehow been displaced from their mother and were very cold and lethargic. The third sibling had sadly already passed.

Transported to: An Australia Zoo staff member rushed the remaining siblings, now Wallace and Gromit, to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to be examined by the veterinary team.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Tania and her team checked the vitals of the youngsters. Despite being cold and dehydrated, they were otherwise in good condition.

Treatment: Dr Tania provided Wallace and Gromit with a makeshift pouch and administered subcutaneous fluids to warm and re-hydrate their bodies. They were placed in a humidicrib and received specialised milk feeds every four hours via small syringe teat.

Outcome: After being monitored closely overnight in the hospital's Nursery, Wallace and Gromit were given the all-clear to be placed with a wildlife carer who will care for them until they are fully grown and ready to return to the wild.

AZWH Fact: The long-nosed bandicoot has pointed ears, a short tail, grey-brown fur and, of course, a long nose.



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