Duckie is a Wood duck from Purlingbrook Falls in Springbrook who was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital very sick suffering from tick paralysis. Duckie was unable to stand or lift his head and was extremely weak and dehydrated. Duckie was in a critical condition when admitted and required oxygen therapy; he was treated with intravenous tick antiserum, fluid therapy and lots of TLC.
We are happy to say that the hard work from our wildlife vets and nurses has paid off and little Duckie is now on the road to recovery; he will be back in the wild at beautiful Springbrook very soon.
Did you know?
Native Australian mammals don’t get tick paralysis because they are immune unlike introduced mammals such as cats and dogs. Native birds like Duckie rarely get tick paralysis but are occasionally affected when the tick imbeds near the eye or beak as they are unable to preen the parasite away.
You can help patients like Duckie by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!