Paul the Dollarbird - 5th February 2018
Age: Juvenile Sex: Male Weight: 100gms
Found: Paul the young dollarbird was found alone and weak on a driveway in Peachester, Queensland
Transported to: Paul was transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public.
Veterinary Assessment: Paul was in a good condition when he was admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. He was bright, responsive and able to perch during his examination, however, an unknown object that could be felt in the bird's stomach but was invisible on x-rays was puzzling Dr Bec and her team. The unknown object was large and firm, causing Paul's abdomen to swell.
Treatment: The mysterious object turned out to be a piece of hard plastic (2.5cm/1inch long) that his mother had inadvertently fed him. Dr Bec had to perform a surgical incision to remove the item from his stomach, and thoroughly flushing the area to avoid any infection. Whilst within the Birds Intensive Care Unit, Paul received a treatment of anti-inflammatory pain relief and anti-biotics as well as oxygen therapy.
Outcome: With regular feeds of delicious crickets and the warm confines of a humidicrib, Paul was ready to continue his rehabilitation with a specialised wildlife carer after just two weeks.
AZWH Fact: The dollarbird gets its unusual name from its large, prominent white spot on the underside of their wings, resembling silver dollars!
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