Autumn the bush stone-curlew
This week’s patient is Autumn the Bush stone-curlew. When Autumn was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital he was barely alive due to his horrific injuries. Autumn had a fishing hook through his beak the fishing line attached was wrapped around his beak and his body. It is estimated that Autumn was unable to eat or drink for around one month due to the line around his beak, he was therefore severely emaciated, dehydrated and hours from death. The fishing line also wrapped around his tongue causing deep lacerations.
The severity of Autumn’s dehydration made intravenous fluid therapy not feasible so the veterinarian gave Autumn intraosseous fluids which is a process of administering fluid directly into the bone marrow which is an entry point into the bloodstream.
This footage is five days after admission to hospital where our veterinary staff saved Autumn’s life. Autumn is alert, hydrated and enjoying a very well deserved meal of scrumptious meal worms. Autumn’s story is a very sad example of the suffering our native wildlife endure from human impact. Please dispose of your fishing hooks and line correctly and if you see hooks or line lying on the beach or waterways pick them up, save a life. Autumn still requires rehabilitation and weight gain before he can be released, stay tuned for an update.
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