Hokowhitu tui

Albert St tui This tui was hit by a car and found on the side of the road. A member of the public picked him up and brought him straight to Wildbase hospital.

He was given a physical exam on arrival and it was soon clear to us that he couldn’t stand up. He was given nectar and fluids, and placed in a warm incubator to be monitored for the rest of the day. The following day x-rays and bloods were taken to determine the reason for the paresis (a weakness of voluntary movement, or partial loss of voluntary movement). Nothing significant was found in the blood work but the x-rays showed swelling around the lower spinal area. This was likely causing the impaired movement but it can be difficult to determine if there are associated fractures etc, on such a small bird. The next step was to monitor the tui for signs of improvement over the following week otherwise euthanasia would have to be considered.

The tui showed signs of improvement over the following week and further investigations into the x-rays showed a fracture to the keel.

It was decided that there was no surgery required, just cage rest and pain relief, so the tui was sent to Whanganui Bird Rescue to rest. He made a full recovery and was later released back into the wild.

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