Red letter day in wild
RESCUED BIRD ALIVE AND WELL
PERTH Zoo staff are over the moon after a red-tailed black cockatoo they nursed back to health was spotted doing well in the wild.
The cockatoo arrived at the zoo in September 2015 as a juvenile and was released in July last year.
Zoo senior veterinarian Simone Vitali said the cockatoo was unable to walk when it came to the zoo because of a fracture on one side of its pelvis.
“It was likely hit by a car and it couldn’t use its feet; it would squat in a cage,” she said.
“We saw a gradual improvement and after two weeks in our hospital, the cockatoo was given to the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.”
The cockatoo was spotted in the wild by Rick Dawson from the Department of Parks and Wildlife in June.
“Something like this is unprecedented; it rarely happens that we get confirmation,” Dr Vitali said.
“The Carnaby black cockatoos usually travel hundreds of kilometres while the redtailed cockatoos stay closer to the metro area,” she said.
“There are about 250 black cockatoos that come to the zoo each year but only about 40 per cent become fit for release.
“It’s very exciting for everyone and it’s a group effort between DPAW, Kaarakin and us.”
The red-tailed black cockatoo spotted in the wild.