This week’s patient is Fatima.
She is a lace monitor from Mount Nathan and a 4.2kg of giant lizard!
Lace monitors are spectacular creatures and while they are big and strong they still fall victim to dangers such as dog attacks, vehicle hits and harm from humans. Fatima was found on the side of the road with injuries consistent with a dog attack, with a particularly nasty wound on her back. Soon after we began treating Fatima for her injuries we realised that she was unable to open her eyes and had a significant head tilt which indicates that she had head trauma.
We are currently keeping Fatima comfortable by providing her with the correct temperature as well as medicating her with anti inflammatories and pain relief. Fatima’s recovery time is expected to be reasonably lengthy so stay tuned for an update!
Check out the x-rays we took of Fatima when she was admitted, she had eaten a recent meal of chicken eggs which can be seen clearly in the image, very cool!
If you find an injured lace monitor please be aware that they have very strong claws so always contact your local wildlife care group to assist with the rescue. Alternatively phone Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and we will be able to direct you to someone who can assist.
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