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This kiwi was hit by a car in Whanganui. The impact took a large portion of feathers off his flank and he was very quiet but could stand. An intravenous catheter was placed and he was provided with warmth and fluids overnight.
He was a lucky kiwi as the radiographs the next day showed not one bone was broken. He would have been very sore though, with bruising over a 10cm x 10cm area covering the lower spine and flank. Not surprising when the car that hit him was doing 70km/hr!
The blood results showed anaemia, so his blood was monitored until it had returned to normal.
Once the bruising started to fade he was sent to our rehabilitator as he was unsettled in hospital. He couldn’t be released until the large featherless patch from the accident had regrown as feathers provide weather proofing and insulation. This took five weeks before he was released back where he came from, hopefully to stay off the roads this time!
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016