Two New Wedgie Stories

Another young wedgie has arrived.

Special thanks to Charlie and his family for giving up their long weekend Monday morning to come in and open the clinic to help her.

Only just fledged, she was found on a rocky outcrop on a very large property, severely emaciated and dehydrated. The outcrop contains a substantial rabbit population and being unable to fly she had obviously made her way there to try and get a feed.

The awesome raptor convoy team from WRSC Inc swung into action under the direction of the convoy organising queen, Jenny Packwood, and she arrived here safely.

Charlie prepares to examine the young bird

Charlie prepares to examine the young bird

Intensive care was initiated and within a couple of days she was standing, bright and alert. Self feeding by now she moved onto clean chicken meat soaked in egg yolk and another couple of days of building up strength and she was deemed ready for a quick light anesthetic.

Charlie & Bill perform x-ray examination

Charlie & Bill perform x-ray examination

These are a couple of pics of vet Charlie Carter checking on her as she was waking. Full body x rays and blood samples were taken, as well as faecal analysis.

note the shiny new beak and yellow cere, indicative of a fledgling

note the shiny new beak and yellow cere, indicative of a fledgling

She appears to be another young wedgie with the feather dysplasia issues we are encountering in them, but aside from her emaciation, initial examination has revealed no further clues or problems.

We will monitor her and await results before determining how best we can try and work out what is going on with these birds.

On a sadder note a second one could not be saved, and all Charlie and Bill could do was humanely euthanase him and end what must have been considerable suffering.

He had been shot – the bullet passing through his wing and leaving a non union fracture and bone obliteration in its wake. Metal fragments were still evident in his subcut abdomen.

We are once again very grateful to his carer for sending him on.

X-ray of damaged wing

X-ray of damaged wing

So sad – Peggy

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One Comment

  1. Diane October 7, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    Saw the article in the new snapshot,love the website, love owls, keep up the good work
    Diane

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