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Presentation and prognostic indicators for free-living black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus SPP.) admitted to an Australian Zoo Veterinary Hospital over 10 years

Le Souëf, A., Holyoake, C., Vitali, S. and Warren, K. (2015) Presentation and prognostic indicators for free-living black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus SPP.) admitted to an Australian Zoo Veterinary Hospital over 10 years. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 51 (2). pp. 380-388.

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Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7589/2014-08-203
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Abstract

The veterinary records of three species of free-living, endangered black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.; n5565) admitted to the Perth Zoo Veterinary Hospital in Western Australia during a 10-yr period (2000–09) 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.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Wildlife Disease Association
Copyright: © Wildlife Disease Association 2015.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26393
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