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This kereru came into Wildbase from Fordell (near Whanganui) after striking a window - a common injury for this native bird.
The X-rays showed a dislocated left coracoid bone along with a displaced heart...ouch!
We performed surgery to attempt to realign the coracoid, which was found to be 2cm under the keel - a difficult surgery to perform. The coracoid was put back where it belongs and sutured in place, which resolved the heart arrhythmia. Scary stuff for the anaesthetist! A wing-to-body bandage was placed also for extra support and to immobilise the injured area. The kereru was woken up, given pain relief and recovered in an incubator.
Unfortunately "Fordell" refused to eat by himself so we were forced to feed him a Harrisons hand rearing slurry and "scoop" feeding him during the day. The "scoop" feeding is to help the birds recognise that the stuff in the bowl is food and is there to be eaten! We also tested "Fordell" for tricomonas and candida - commonly found with Kereru.
It's amazing what resting in a cage can achieve - in just four weeks X-rays showed the coracoids are not now pushing into the heart.
On the road to recovery he was sent to an aviary, then to flight aviaries to recover his fitness before being released into the wild.
Find out more about how you can help prevent birds striking your windows.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016