This is Cindi and she is a Pied Oyster Catcher. Cindi was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with severe injuries to her left foot which resulted in the amputation of the toes on that side.
When Cindi was first admitted she was in very poor condition, her toes were severely infected and she had a very thin body condition. Cindy was treated in the Hospital for 8 weeks and was quite spoiled because she had very expensive taste!
As her name implies Pied Oyster Catchers eat oysters, prawns, mussels and other fine delicacies. Cindi had an amazing recovery and on the day of her release she ran straight down to the salt water, not letting her stump get in the way of her freedom.
Photos courtesy of Rowley Goonan