Turtle, Magpie and a Plover at the Wildlife Hospital

Last updated: January 23, 2013

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Lady Fish Hook

This Brisbane short necked turtle was brought to the rspca after being found crossing the road. Lucky for her she was not hit by a car but sadly instead she had a string of fishing line coming from her mouth. She was brought to the RSPCA wildlife hospital where the veterinary team assessed her. The hook would not budge! It had got caught in her oesophagus as she had tried to swallow the bait. She had emergency surgery to remove the hook before it travelled down any further to cause more damage. Fishing by-catch is a big problem for turtles and it is alarming to see just how many turtles have hooks inside them because people are irresponsible with their fishing gear. Lady Fish Hook has made a full recovery and is one her way back home to Manly.

A turtle with a fishing hook caught in its moth

Sven the Magpie

When people feed wildlife they can get a little too brave and start making their way into peoples houses looking for more free food. Poor Sven was on the hunt for a free dinner and a man trapped him in the house, pinned him down and painted him with blue and yellow paint. A neighbour found the magpie while he was still wet with paint and brought him to the Wildlife hospital to be cleaned up. The paint was only partially dry and so we had some success in washing it off using a mild detergent, and bees wax soap. Although we could not remove all the paint we were able to get him clean enough to fly and so he was able to be released within a few days back to his home in East Brisbane. If the paint had dried much longer things could have been very different for Sven

A magpie in the RSPCA Wildlife Ward with yellow and blue paint on wings and back

Jefferey the Plover

Plovers are very protective of their chicks. When you get near them they will make noise to tell you to go away and if you don’t listen and get closer to the babies then they very valiently defend their family however they can. Jefferey was trying to defend his chicks when a teenage boy hit him several times with a stick. His wing was broken at the tip making him unable to fly. Jefferey is currently in care with his wing bandaged to give it time to heal. Hopefully it will heal quickly so that he can get back to his family in kallanger. Sadly Jefferey’s injury could have been avoided if the boy had listened to the plovers warning.

A plover in the RSPCA Wildlife Ward with wing bandaged

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