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J Wildl Dis.: Presentation and prognostic indicators for free-living black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) admitted to an Australian zoo veterinary hospital over 10 years.

The veterinary records of 3 species of free-living, endangered black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp; n=565) admitted to the Perth Zoo Veterinary Hospital in Western Australia during a 10-year period (2000-2009) were analyzed to determine the effect of clinical presentation and treatment on survival to release. The most common reason for admission was trauma (at least 76.7% of cases), and trauma was also the most frequent finding on necropsy examination (80.1% of cases). Anemia and paralysis-paresis were significant factors determining the decreased likelihood of survival of cockatoos undergoing rehabilitation. Human activities, in particular vehicle strike, were significant causes of morbidity and mortality in free-living black cockatoo populations.


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Title Annotation:Selected Abstracts From the Literature
Author:Le Souef, A.; Holyoake, C.; Vitali, S.
Publication:Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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