Mys­tery bug kills corel­las

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A mys­te­ri­ous sick­ness is again af­fect­ing corel­las in Tom Price, af­ter killing them in large numbers the past few years.

Tom Price Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion carer and Tom Price Vet Clinic vet­eri­nary nurse Kate Lewis said corel­las fall­ing sick and dy­ing af­ter early heavy rains happened ev­ery year in Tom Price.

“This time of year, af­ter a lot of rain, we gen­er­ally find a lot of sick corel­las that can’t fly,” she said.

“They’re wob­bly on their feet, (they have) a drunk ap­pear­ance.”

“They try to fly but they can’t, and ba­si­cally they get weaker and weaker over time un­til they die of star­va­tion or de­hy­dra­tion.”

Ms Lewis said last year at least 100 sick corel­las were brought in to the vet clinic, in­clud­ing about 60 in one week­end. The numbers prompted the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife to in­ves­ti­gate but tests were in­con­clu­sive and the cause re­mains un­known.

“Some­one thought in the be­gin­ning they were de­lib­er­ately be­ing poi­soned, but they didn’t have any tox­ins or chem­i­cals in their body,” Ms Lewis said.

She said she had al­ready be­gun see­ing af­fected birds on a daily ba­sis this year.

If you find a sick corella, you can take it to the Tom Price Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal dur­ing busi­ness hours or call Tom Price Wildlife Car­ers on 0438 957 463 out of hours.

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