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Tilt the Tawny Frogmouth   - 4th December 2017

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Tilt the Tawny Frogmouth

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 200gms

Found: Tilt was found on the ground disorientated after a suspected hit by car in Maleny, Queensland.

Transported to: A wildlife carer from WILVOS collected the injured bird and brought him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for medical treatment.

Veterinary Assessment: When he was first admitted to the Wildlife Hospital, Tilt could stand and perch but it was obvious that he'd suffered severe head trauma as his head was tilted to one side. Dr Wendy and her team thoroughly examined Tilt and confirmed that he had suffered a concussion and eye trauma, as a result of colliding with a moving car.

Treatment: Tilt received a dose anti-inflammatory pain relief and fluids as well as eye drops three times a day to aid his recovery. After a few days in care, his head tilt had started to correct itself, slowly giving him the ability to perch upright.

Outcome: After ten days at the Wildlife Hospital, Tilt was placed with a hospital team member who has a number of orphaned chicks in care, to give him the best chance at returning to the wild, by pairing him with his own species.

AZWH Fact: Tawny frogmouths will often hunt beside the road, chasing insects illuminated in the beam of the headlights. This behaviour leaves them extremely vulnerable to being involved in a motor vehicle accidents and as a result, suffering severe trauma injuries.



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