Mystery bug kills corellas
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.