This week’s patient is Owen the Kookaburra. Owen is a baby male kookaburra and is only just days old. It is unknown how baby Owen was lost from his nest but luckily he was found just in time on the boardwalk at David Fleays Wildlife Park.
Our ambulance was called and sent out to pick up Owen and return him to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for a check-up. When Owen arrived to the Hospital, he was checked up and fortunately given the all clear. Owen is now in the safe hands of an expert carer with Wildcare where he will remain until he is old and strong enough to be released into the wild.
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Kookaburras can be easily identified by their plumage and loud voice that distinctly sounds like a laugh. Generally they have a white underbelly and its wings are covered with dark brown and brown feathers. Kookaburras are carnivorous; they feed on snakes, lizards, mice, other baby birds, insects and small reptiles. Kookaburras are a well-known common bird in Australia; they inhabit open woodlands, forests as well as on the fringes of open plains.