This patient of the week is Goldie.
Goldie is a local Golden Whistler that was surprisingly discovered in the mouth of a cat last Monday morning.
Luckily the cat’s owner noticed Goldie before the cat was able to make further injuries and could be safety brought to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for a check-up.
Following Goldie’s admission, she received some well needed hospital rest and TLC from the Hospital staff. After the incident she is now recovering well and has been placed in foster care until she has recovered well enough to be released back into the wild.
Golden whistlers are well known for being magnificent songsters; their delightful whistle can be heard from hundreds of metres away. It is a specie of birds found in Australia as well as Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
Male golden whistlers can be identified by their bright yellow chest of feathers and bold black and white body. The female golden whistlers are much duller with brown, beige and olive coloured feathers covering their body.
Golden whistlers will inhabit almost any forested area but prefer the more densely covered areas. Their diet consists of insects, spiders, small arthropods and occasionally berries.
You can help patients like Goldie by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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