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Opal the masked owl   - 4th February 2020

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Opal the masked owl

Age: Adult   Sex: Female   Weight: 840gms

Found: Opal was found on the ground and flightless in the main street of Nambour, Queensland.

Transported to: Opal was first taken to the Animal Emergency Service Vet in Tanawha, before being transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Australia Zoo Rescue Team.

Veterinary Assessment: On arrival, Opal appeared flat and reluctant to move or fly. After a full medical examination by Dr Danny and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team, it was determined that Opal had a concussion, most likely caused by an altercation with a car. Fortunately, she suffered no skeletal injuries.

Treatment: Opal was placed in the Birds ICU, under close examination from the veterinary team. She received pain medication and IV fluids to aid a speedy recovery.

Outcome: Thankfully, Opal is on the road to recovery and on her way to being released back into the wild in a safe area.

AZWH Fact: Masked owls are a type of barn owl, and inhabit non-desert areas of Australia!



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