About a month ago we received a Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) from the Free State Province in a weakened state. In a joint effort by other provincial conservation department, Bloemfontein SPCA and Virginia SPCA branches, the bird was confiscated from someone who had been keeping it in a chicken coop, feeding it cooked maize meal!
Upon admission, he was 50% of the weight he should’ve been, and extremely dehydrated. Blood tests revealed compromised kidney function. This was successfully treated with IV fluids for 48 hours. Unfortunately, all his flight feathers had been cut which renders him flightless until new feather growth occurs. Now recovered, he has been placed in a large pre-release enclosure until new flight feathers have moulted out. Once this has happened, he will be released.
We’d like to share our sincere thanks and appreciation to the tireless work of the SPCA inspectors for the work they do, and their collaboration with us.
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The team behind the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet Hospital.