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Rowan the Bearded Dragon   - 20th April 2012

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Rowan the Bearded Dragon

Age: Juvenile Sex: Unknown Weight: 2g

Found: Surrendered to a local wildlife carer by a family from Morayfield, who had taken Rowan from the wild and kept him as a pet for the last two months.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the carer, after the family became concerned about Rowan's health and wellbeing.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber assessed Rowan and found an insufficient diet had resulted in the tiny reptile suffering calcium deficiency.

Treatment: Dr Amber placed Rowan in a warm tank in Reptiles ICU, and has prescribed a calcium supplement to be included with food.

Future: Rowan will soon be transferred to a registered local reptile carer, and will remain in care until strong enough for release and big enough to feed on live prey.

AZWH Statistic: Over 240 animals were confiscated or surrended to the hospital between 2005-2011. Native animals require specialised care and skilled handling, and do not make for suitable pets. Our wildlife belong in the wild!



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