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Brown the Barn Owl   - 28th April 2012

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Brown the Barn Owl

Age: Adult Sex: Unknown

Found: At Kilkivan, west of Gympie, after being hit by a car.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialised treatment and care.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber assessed Brown, who was underweight and had a wound on the right wing. X-rays revealed Brown's no breaks in the wings, however the left leg had been shattered into more than three pieces.

Treatment: Dr Amber operated on Brown, and inserted a pin and external fixation device into the leg to repair it. Brown was administered pain relief and fluids, and kept
under close observation.

Outcome: Brown was in a critical condition and kept in a humidicrib for three days following the surgery. Brown is now in a larger enclosure, and is progressing and standing well on the repaired leg.

AZWH Statistic: Birds are the most commonly admitted patient to the AZWH, with 3629 brought in during 2011.



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