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Attacked by a cat: injured kākāriki receiving treatment at the Zoo

Press Release – Wellington Zoo

An injured nationally vulnerable Kākāriki has been receiving care at Wellington Zoo after it was found with severe wounds to the right wing, thought to have been caused by a cat.

Originally hatched at Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary in March, the male Kākāriki was brought in by a member of the community and is receiving treatment from the Veterinarian Team at The Nest Te Kōhanga.

“When the Kākāriki arrived at The Nest Te Kōhanga, our initial physical exam showed the bird had a lot of wounds and bruising over his body including a large deep wound to the underside of his right wing, plus many primary and tail feathers were missing,” said Senior Veterinarian Dr Baukje Lenting. “The bird’s wounds are consistent with a cat attack, so we are treating him with antibiotics to prevent infection to his right wing, and pain relief and anti-inflammatories for the bruising and swelling.”

“We’ve dressed and bandaged its wing to help it mend, and we’re also giving it physio about twice a week under a general anaesthetic,” said Dr Lenting. “With ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, we are hopeful that the bird will regain its strength to be able to be released back to the wild.”

The Kākāriki will remain at The Nest Te Kōhanga for ongoing treatment and care for the next few weeks until the bird’s wing has healed and finished its therapy.

“We hope to release the bird once it is healed and fit to fly, as saving native wildlife is a crucial part of the work we do at The Nest Te Kōhanga,” said Dr Lenting.

Native species make up at least 70% of patients at The Nest Te Kōhanga, and patients are usually brought in by local members of the community, the SPCA, the Department of Conservation and Zealandia.

“We work together with the community and other organisations to ensure these animals get the treatment and care they need, and ultimately return them to the wild,” said Dr Lenting.

“The community can help protect our native birds like the Kākāriki by keeping their cats inside at night and making sure your cat is desexed.”

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1 comment:

  1. Will, 8. July 2016, 17:26

    Justin Lester can’t come fast enough for Wellington’s kākāriki. Death to all cats! LOL.