This week’s patient is Soren.
Soren is a stunning young female southern boobook owl from Steiglitz QLD. Southern boobooks are the smallest owls in Australia and they feed on insects and small mammals. The call of these raptors is the distinctive boo – book sound hence where they get their name. Boobooks are nocturnal which means they are most active at night. The most common reasons for boobooks being admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital are due to vehicle hits, orphaned and barbed wire entanglement. Many of the orphans are admitted because they are at great risk from predators when they fledge so cat and dog attacks are not uncommon.
Soren was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after being found on the side of a road unable to fly. Therefore it is very likely that she was hit by a car.
Dr Michael Pyne performed an endoscopic procedure on Soren which involved her being anesthetised and a fibre optic camera being inserted through a tiny incision in her left flank. The endoscope allows the Vet to visualise sex organs to determine gender but more importantly in Soren’s case, the Dr Pyne could see if there was any internal bruising and if so, being able to decide the best course of action for treatment.
Unfortunately, it was confirmed Soren had extensive internal bruising and she is currently on pain relief and anti inflammatories. Soren will be kept in a small enclosure where she cannot move around a lot until the bruising has reduced. Once Soren is on the mend she will be transferred into an aviary in our Raptor Rehabilitation Facility until she is eating well on her own and is fit enough to be released back into the wild.
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