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Endangered species treated at Highcroft

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

One of the rarest birds in the world, the “Red-vented Cockatoo” was brought into Highcroft this month from Bristol Zoo Gardens. Our exotic species vets have worked alongside the Bristol Zoo team for a number of years and sometimes the zoo vets need to make use of our advanced facilities.

The bird was being treated for a long-term respiratory tract infection and zoo vet, Rowena Killick, brought him in to perform a CT scan to image the sinus system in his head.

The 18 year old male was one of six Red-vented Cockatoos to be re-homed at Bristol Zoo after they were confiscated by customs in 2004. Originating from the Philippines, their numbers have been dramatically reduced due to a loss of habitat and illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade. There are thought to be only around 1,000 Red-vented Cockatoos in the wild and they are on the critically endangered list.

We are currently awaiting the results of the CT scan from the specialist radiologist, so fingers-crossed it’s good news for this special patient.



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