PATIENT OF THE WEEK
This week’s patient is an adorable Black Flying fox. This lovely old boy was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with an injured leg and underwent a full work up by Dr Camille and vet nurse Natasha.
Flying foxes have so much personality they are just like a flying dog and this little guy was no exception. He enjoyed a nice long cuddle with Natasha while recovering from his anaesthesia and the results are positive because no fractures were found.
Sadly Flying foxes are regularly injured or killed due to entanglement in botanical fruit netting and barbed wire. As native habitat and food sources shrink these beautiful creatures are succumbing to backyard fruit netting more often. Flying-foxes are crucial to keeping native forests healthy. They play an important role in dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants.
A small number of Flying foxes have Australian Bat Lyssa Virus, this can be transmitted to humans by saliva if scratched or bitten but can’t be caught from bat droppings; if a person is scratched or bitten they must seek immediate medical attention for post exposure vaccines.
You can help patients like our flying foxes by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!