This week’s patient is Errol and he is a Pacific Baza; a type of Raptor. Unlike other Raptors the Pacific Baza mainly eats insects and has a gentle nature. They are also the only raptors with a crest earning them the nickname Crested Hawk.
Errol was hit by a car and unfortunately his rescuers force fed him resulting in Errol aspirating the food into his lungs causing a terrible infection in his lungs and air sacs.
We were able to view the full extent of Errol’s problems by doing an endoscopic procedure. During this procedure Errol was anesthetised and a small camera was inserted through a tiny incision into his body so that the vet can see the full extent of the injuries.
Errol has now been receiving treatment for 5 weeks which included being nebulized twice daily plus receiving over four other medications daily. He has now been off medication for one week, is doing well and is ready to be released back into the wild.
Errol is a prime example of the lengths we go at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to save lives. If he was a pet bird admitted to a veterinary clinic the treatment Errol received would cost between six and seven thousand dollars.
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