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Bonny the Southern Boobook (Owl)   - 5th December 2013

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Bonny the Southern Boobook (Owl)

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 280 grams

Found: Bonny was found by a member of the public floating in the swimming pool.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a wildlife rescuer who received the emergency call.

Veterinary Assessment: Bonny very quickly won Dr Amber's heart with her big golden eyes. Dr Amber dried her off and found most of Bonny's feathers were baby fluff with only a few mature feathers. Bonny was given a short anaesthetic to allow for an x-ray of her chest to check for fluid inhalation and found to have no abnormalities.

Treatment: Dr Amber assigned Bonny to a warm humidicrib for the day to assist her to recover from the trauma of the incident.

Outcome: Bonny's parents were located near where she was rescued. Late in the afternoon Bonny was taken back to her territory and the family was reunited.

AZWH Fact: Southern Boobook's are the most common Owl across the Australian continent. They are also found in New Zealand and New Guinea. They have many common names but the most popular one in Australia is Mopoke.



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