We received this juvenile Black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus), formerly named a black-shouldered kite, from FORA, last week. A man had attempted to sell the bird to a local business on the west rand.
Once the bird arrived at our hospital we hydrated and examined it, finding that the right wing was injured. Radiographs revealed that the right ulna was fractured. As the bird was young and the fracture not displaced, the wing was strapped without surgery being necessary. Once fully recovered the bird will be ringed and released.
Thanks to Sky Havenga for contacting FORA, our dedicated west rand volunteers and the amazing team at FORA for ensuring this bird received the best possible treatment.
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We treat indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of our community.
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The team behind the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet Hospital.