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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.

July 2017


Ollie the Swamp Wallaby


Monday, 17th July 2017

Age: Juvenile   Sex: M Weight: 1.15kg

Found: Olli was found all alone in a field in Narangba, Queensland.

Transported to: Ollie was rescued and transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by Bribie District Wildlife Rescue.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber examined young Ollie and confirmed that he had been suffering from a prolapsed cloaca, as a result of diarrhoea or constipation. The lining of Ollie's bowels was red, swollen and protruding from his body. Sadly, all macropods are susceptible to prolapses, but swamp wallabies, just like Ollie, are particularly prone.

Treatment: Under general anaesthetic, Dr Amber was able to reduce the prolapse by coating it with sugar to absorb the excess fluids. Almost 45 minutes later, the redness and swelling had reduced. Dr Amber administered anti-inflammatory pain relief to aid Ollie's recovery and transferred him to the nursery, for close observation overnight.

Future: The following day, Ollie was placed with a specialised wildlife carer to continue his rehabilitation. Once Ollie is fully grown he will be able to return to the wild.

AZWH Fact: Despite its name, swamp wallabies are not restricted to swamps. These small macropods can be found in gullies, mangroves and even open forest, as long as the habitat contains patches of dense cover for the animal to hide beneath.

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