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Patient of the Week

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital cares for thousands of wildlife patients every year, from turtles and birds to koalas. Each week we show you one of the animals that has been admitted.

March 2017


Peacetrain the Brisbane River Short-necked Turtle


Monday, 27th March 2017

Age: Adult   Sex: M Weight: 1.48kgs

Found: Peacetrain was found by a fisherman at Somerset Dam, Queensland after he'd eaten the fisherman's bait and become hooked on the fishing line.

Transported to: The fisherman noticed that Peacetrain had accidentally ingested the fishing hook and rushed him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, where he could receive expert care.

Veterinary Assessment: On arrival at the Wildlife Hospital Peacetrain was bright and alert, and there were no visual signs that he had swallowed a fishing hook. A thorough examination and x-rays by Dr Danny confirmed that the fish hook was stuck halfway down his throat.

Treatment: Under anaesthetic, Dr Danny carefully manoeuvred the fishing hook until he could safely remove it from Peacetrain's throat, before administering pain relief and anti-inflammatories. Dr Danny transferred Peacetain to the Reptile Intensive Care Unit where he could be closely monitored.

Future: After ten days at the Wildlife Hospital, Dr Danny gave Peacetrain the all clear to be released back into the wild away from any potential threats.

AZWH Fact: The Brisbane river turtle is a short-necked turtle native to the Brisbane River however, they can be found in neighbouring water systems. They are distinguishable by their olive to brown shell colouring and a yellow stripe on the side of its face.

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