Patient of the Week
This week’s patient is Richo.
He is a magnificent juvenile wedge tailed eagle, weighing in at approximately 2.5kg! Richo was found in bushland at Eumundi, with no parents around and unable to fly.
After Richo got admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital it was discovered he had a fractured radius and therefore unable to fly.
The eagle’s short term treatment is to keep the fractured area bandaged for 2 weeks until it heals. He is also being treated with pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs and is currently being cared for in Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s Raptor Rehabilitation Facility.
These images below show Richo under anaesthesia receiving a bandage change. As you can see our veterinary nurse Ana keeps a careful grip on his legs when he is awake to prevent the talons from getting her because they are huge, and could do a great deal of damage if Richo were to try to use them.
Stay tuned for an update on Richo’s rehabilitation in the coming weeks!