The animals listed below only visit our hospital for a short time and are then released back into their natural environment or allocated to a wildlife carer. These animals are not available for sponsorship, however any general donations or sponsorship you make to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors will go to assisting these animals and others like them.
Dalby The Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Sex: U Weight: 3.6kg
Found: On the New England Highway, near the Dalby turn-off, at Cooyar. Dalby had been hit by a car.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife hospital by a relay of members of the public and Wildlife Rehabilitators, working in cooperation, to cover the long distances.
Veterinary Assessment: When Dalby arrived at the hospital he was quiet but alert. Dr Bec anaesthetised him before beginning her examination. Swelling was found over Dalby's face and blood was found inside his mouth. No fractures were found on x-rays but Dalby was not able to use his legs.
Transported to: Dr Bec diagnosed a concussion from the vehicle impact and prescribed cage rest, pain relief, an anti-inflammatory for his swollen face (and any inflammation that may be causing his paralysis) and antibiotics.
Outcome: Due to the paralysis in Dalby's legs his future is very guarded. Dr Bec has scheduled a reassessment for him in 48 hours, to check his progress.
AZWH Fact: Wedge-tailed Eagles can often be seen by the roadside in rural Australia, feeding on dead animals (carrion) killed in collisions with vehicles, increasing their chances of being injured or killed. Moving dead wildlife from the roadside can help lower this risk.
Lucky the Rainbow Lorikeet
Sex: U Weight: 100gms
Found: Lucky proved how smart he is by getting himself to the house of a Wildlife Rehabilitator and waiting to be found on the back patio!
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, after a quick check of his condition revealed that Lucky was very badly injured.
Veterinary Assessment: During his initial assessment by Dr Bec it was found that although Lucky could run he couldn't fly. Blood tests and an x-ray were done which found that although Lucky had no bone fractures, some marked changes suggested that he had likely suffered trauma in his chest from an impact injury.
Transported to: Dr Bec administered subcutaneous fluids to Lucky, some antibiotics to prevent infection and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce any swelling and as a pain relief.
Outcome: Lucky will be having a short stay in the hospital being monitored 24 hours a day until Dr Bec is satisfied that he is improving and in a stable condition. Then he has a Wildlife Rehabilitator who is very anxious to have him back to complete his recovery and join his buddies in the wild.
AZWH Fact: Rainbow Lorikeets are one of the most common parrots found in Australia. They have adapted very well to life amongst humans and the urban environment. They can be found in almost every garden along the east coast of Australia.
Ryan The Ringtail Possum
Sex: M Weight: 830gms
Found: Ryan was hit by a car whilst crossing the road in Mooloolaba. Fortunately the member of the public that hit Ryan stopped to check on him and take him home when he realised he was still alive.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital the next morning. The member of the public didn't know that we are available 24hours a day to treat our injured wildlife.
Veterinary Assessment: Ryan was assessed immediately by Dr Claude who found that whilst he could move around the left eye was damaged and an x-ray revealed a fractured jaw.
Transported to: A blood sample was taken to check his general health and an IV was inserted into his tail to administer fluids and strong pain relief. Dr Claude also prescribed a topical medication for Ryan's eye.
Outcome: It'll take about six weeks before Ryan can eat properly again, and during that time he'll be given special supplements and very soft new leaf growth (his native diet). When Dr Claude is satisfied that Ryan is healing well he'll be placed in care with an experienced, licensed wildlife rehabilitator to complete his recovery.
AZWH Fact: Unlike our other possum species here in South East Queensland, Ringtail Possums do not eat fruit or vegetables. Their diet consists of foliage from a variety of native trees and some of the flowers from these trees as well.
Nevaeh the Koala Joey
Sex: F Weight: 300 grams
Found: In Kurwongbah after being hit by a car on Torrens Road. Upon impact Nevaeh was thrown from her Mum's pouch and both koalas were injured.
Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with her Mum.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude assessed Nevaeh and found she had severe bruising on her face and X-rays confirmed a fractured leg. An intravenous catheter was inserted in her arm in preparation for further treatment she would require.
Transported to: Nevaeh's leg was strapped to stabilise the break prior to having specialist orthopedic surgery and she was given pain relief. A surgical plate was put in to hold the leg while it heals.
Outcome: Nevaeh was in intensive care for four days and she will have constant rechecks until the plate is removed in about 3 weeks. Nevaeh will remain in care with a registered wildlife carer for the next year until she is old enough for pre-release in rainforest aviary at Hospital. She will then be released back into the wild at approximately 18 months.
AZWH Fact: Unfortunately Nevaeh's Mum didn't survive her injuries. It is so important that we slow down on the roads especially at dawn and dusk. If you do find an injured koala please call us, and remain with the animal until help arrives.
Five orphaned Pacific black ducks
Sex: U Weight: 30 - 50g each
Found: In Burpengary after some land clearing had taken place, with no sign of Mum.
Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude assessed these gorgeous ducks and found they were bright, alert and responsive - luckily with no injuries.
Transported to: The five Pacific black ducks were kept warm in a humidicrib in our nursery until they were collected by experienced water bird rehabilitators.
Outcome: The ducks will remain in care with wildlife rehabilitators until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
AZWH Fact: The Pacific black duck is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. It is usually called the Grey Duck in New Zealand, and is also known by its Maori name, Parera.