Allen has been receiving treatment at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for the past month after suffering horrendous injuries from a vehicle hit. Allen was admitted with a fractured jaw and an almost severed tongue which required immediate repair. He was placed under general anaesthesia so that one of our veterinarians could wire his damaged jaw and reattached the severed part of his tongue. Due to the severity and area of Allen’s injuries he is unable to eat on his own so a feeding tube was inserted also. The veterinary nurses blend Allen’s food and use a syringe to feed him through the tube which will remain for 5 to 6 weeks. Once the feeding tube has been removed we will need to be sure that Allen does not have any problems eating on his own before being released back into the wild. In the meantime he is receiving anti-inflammatories and pain relief for his injuries.
So many of the patients admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital are here due to vehicle hits. Please be mindful of wildlife when travelling on the road and if you do hit an animal please check to see if it is alive and bring to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital or your nearest veterinary clinic for treatment. As you can see from Allen’s story we go to a huge amount of effort to save the lives of these animals. While a vehicle hit may be unavoidable at times these animals may have a second chance with veterinary treatment.
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