Māori believed the Sacred Kingfisher/Kāreke could foretell the future. If someone heard the Kāreke cry to their left, bad luck lay ahead; if they heard the cry on the right, it brought good luck.

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In the last couple of months, we have received several patients suffering from botulism. This pūkeko chick has been one of the latest victims. Botulism occurs due to birds eating something (often maggots) that are contaminated with a naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. In the right conditions (which often happens cyclically in late summer), these bacteria release the botulinum toxin.
Once infected, birds develop ascending paralysis. First, they lose the use of their legs, then the upper body, wings, neck and breathing can all be affected. Victims starve to death, suffocate, or are predated upon.
If rescued, affected birds can be nursed and fed while the body gets rid of this toxin. Physio, in the form of a body sling (in this case, a repurposed surgical mask) to support the body in a normal weightbaring stance helps prevent tendon shortening, skin sores, and limb stiffness.
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In the last couple of months, we have received several patients suffering from botulism. This pūkeko chick has been one of the latest victims. Botulism occurs due to birds eating something (often maggots) that are contaminated with a naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. In the right conditions (which often happens cyclically in late summer), these bacteria release the botulinum toxin.
Once infected, birds develop ascending paralysis. First, they lose the use of their legs, then the upper body, wings, neck and breathing can all be affected. Victims starve to death, suffocate, or are predated upon.
If rescued, affected birds can be nursed and fed while the body gets rid of this toxin. Physio, in the form of a body sling (in this case, a repurposed surgical mask) to support the body in a normal weightbaring stance helps prevent tendon shortening, skin sores, and limb stiffness.
#pukeko #pūkeko #botulism #Clostridiumbotulinum #toxicity #toxin #conservation #rehabilitation #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #wildlife #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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1 week ago

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Yes best use I seen! 😉 Poor guy sounds terrible.

Very lucky wee pukeko to be in your care ❤️

Great use of a mask 😷

What an awful condition. I am glad this lucky pukeko has been in your care. Hope it survives. There was a red billed gull with very stiff legs and trouble getting up and down. It didn't seem to worsen but I haven't seen it for a while

This hoiho came in to our care last month malnourished and dehydrated. After triage and stabilisation at the hospital it was transferred into the care of Christchurch Penguin Rehabilitation who recently returned it to the wild. Thanks to Thomas and Rosalie who ensured this yellow-eyed penguin got back where it belonged. Hoiho are endangered and their numbers on mainland New Zealand have severely declined in the last 10 years so every individual counts.
#penguin #hoiho #yelloweyedpenguin #bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #conservation #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

This hoiho came in to our care last month malnourished and dehydrated. After triage and stabilisation at the hospital it was transferred into the care of Christchurch Penguin Rehabilitation who recently returned it to the wild. Thanks to Thomas and Rosalie who ensured this yellow-eyed penguin got back where it belonged. Hoiho are endangered and their numbers on mainland New Zealand have severely declined in the last 10 years so every individual counts.
#penguin #hoiho #yelloweyedpenguin #bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #conservation #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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2 weeks ago

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Not enough food for them?

A belated thank you to one of our volunteers, Jaz, for organising this weekends fundraising event through Bunnings Warehouse New Zealand. Thanks also go to Mark, Dan, Kerry, Karen and Dave who helped alongside. Thank you to all who bought a sanger in support of the hospital. Hoping all our followers had a relaxing long weekend. #charity #fundraising #wildlifeveterinarytrust #siwh #southislandwildlifehospitalImage attachment

A belated thank you to one of our volunteers, Jaz, for organising this weekend's fundraising event thrBunnings Warehouse New Zealandaland. Thanks also go to Mark, Dan, Kerry, Karen and Dave who helped alongside. Thank you to all who bought a sanger in support of the hospital. Hoping all our followers had a relaxing long week#Charitya#fundraisingi#wildlifeveterinarytrustt#siwh##southislandwildlifehospitalpital ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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Is there anything g the public can give besides money to help in anyway

View down the microscope. Many of the birds we receive at the hospital will have a blood sample assessed by our vets. Using a microscope, they will perform a complete blood count (CBC) to assess for abnormal red and white blood cell numbers, abnormal cell structure (shape, size, colour) and blood parasites (e.g. malaria).
The majority of cells in this image are red blood cells. Unlike mammals (camels being an exception), birds and reptiles have nucleated mature red blood cells. The nucleus is seen as a purple oval in the centre of the cell. By contrast, we humans, and our pet cats and dogs have anucleate mature red blood cells. If this was a mammalian blood smear, the red blood cells would not have the purple oval in the middle of the cell, and would appear more clear.
#bloodsmear #microscopy #diagnostics #healthscreen #cbc #completebloodcount #haematology #redbloodcell #nucleus #microscope #wildlifevet #wildlifehealth #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

View down the microscope. Many of the birds we receive at the hospital will have a blood sample assessed by our vets. Using a microscope, they will perform a complete blood count (CBC) to assess for abnormal red and white blood cell numbers, abnormal cell structure (shape, size, colour) and blood parasites (e.g. malaria).
The majority of cells in this image are red blood cells. Unlike mammals (camels being an exception), birds and reptiles have nucleated mature red blood cells. The nucleus is seen as a purple oval in the centre of the cell. By contrast, we humans, and our pet cats and dogs have anucleate mature red blood cells. If this was a mammalian blood smear, the red blood cells would not have the purple oval in the middle of the cell, and would appear more clear.
#bloodsmear #microscopy #diagnostics #healthscreen #CBC #completebloodcount #haematology #redbloodcell #nucleus #microscope #wildlifevet #wildlifehealth #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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4 weeks ago

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Wow. Thank you.

Mark your calendars! Pop by Bunnings Warehouse New Zealand at Tower Junction on the 30th and you can grab a sausage sanger in support of the hospital. 8.30am - 4pm (or until sold out). #sausagesizzle #charity #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #fundraising

Mark your calendars! Pop by Bunnings Warehouse New Zealand at Tower Junction on the 30th and you can grab a sausage sanger in support of the hospital. 8.30am - 4pm (or until sold out). #SausageSizzle #Charity #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #fundraising ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Just curious. Are the sausages vegan?

It does seem pretty odd frying up animals during climate change (veg sausages taste nicer & are healthier), while helping a wildlife hospital, not great for branding.

What is so funny Marielle Craighead?

Kōtare are simply stunning up close. Sacred kingfishers are typically shy in the wild and wont let humans get very close so its not often you would get the chance to appreciate their good looks in this much detail.
We currently have 4 kōtare in care at the hospital, 3 of which were injured through window strike. With human structures encroaching more and more into natural landscapes, birds increasingly find themselves negotiating buildings on their day-to-day flight routes. Except our love of large reflective windows and doors in both private and commercial properties can be a death trap to birds.
Bird eyesight often cant pick up the glass itself, meaning all they see is the reflected landscape, resulting in them flying full pelt into the glass. Injuries include death from a broken neck; concussion which increases predation risk; and broken wings or coracoid bones which prevent flight, leading them to starve to death or be predated on if they arent rescued in time.
Please consider our flying birds in the exterior design of your home or business. Different glass types are more bird safe than others or you can stick specially created decals to the glass to make them more visible to birds.
#kotare #kōtare #kingfisher #sacredkingfisher #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #bird #wildlife #wildlifehospital #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #conservation

Kōtare are simply stunning up close. Sacred kingfishers are typically shy in the wild and won't let humans get very close so it's not often you would get the chance to appreciate their good looks in this much detail.
We currently have 4 kōtare in care at the hospital, 3 of which were injured through window strike. With human structures encroaching more and more into natural landscapes, birds increasingly find themselves negotiating buildings on their day-to-day flight routes. Except our love of large reflective windows and doors in both private and commercial properties can be a death trap to birds.
Bird eyesight often can't pick up the glass itself, meaning all they see is the reflected landscape, resulting in them flying full pelt into the glass. Injuries include death from a broken neck; concussion which increases predation risk; and broken wings or coracoid bones which prevent flight, leading them to starve to death or be predated on if they aren't rescued in time.
Please consider our flying birds in the exterior design of your home or business. Different glass types are more bird safe than others or you can stick specially created decals to the glass to make them mor#kotarel#kōtarer#kingfisher #sacredkingfishere#nzbirdsd#birdsofaotearoar#birdi#wildlifea#wildlifehospitalf#wildliferehabp#wildliferehabilitationl#siwhr#southislandwildlifehospitall#conservationspital #conservation
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1 month ago

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My favourite wee bird, beautiful ! Getting the best care🩷

Beauty. Lucky they were brought in to you guys. <3

That is a beautiful photo, and a beautiful bird too. Love the colours and detail.

Does putting stickers on windows help or pulling a curtain when sun hits a window?

Birds see in UV. Decals are UV. They do prevent some bird strike. Any victims ought to be taken to an avian vet for a check up for unseen injuries which can be fatal. Buy the decals on Ebay or from big pet shops or garden centres.

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Last year involved a La Niña, a natural climate cycle that brings increased sea temperatures to our eastern shores. This drives fish further out to sea leading to us receiving extensive numbers of starving sea birds over many months. This year, an El Niño is currently occurring, which has the opposite effect on sea temperature. And yet we are still receiving many starving sea birds. Additional causes of malnutrition include rising sea temperatures unrelated to La Niña (climate change), storms, fish stock pressures and marine pollution.
This juvenile pied shag/kāruhiruhi arrived at the hospital in an emaciated state at 1.2kg. Three weeks later it weighs over 1.8kg and is eating well. Pied shags naturally roost in trees so providing a perch for them is important to offer variability in places to stand while theyre in the hospital.
#piedshag #seabird #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #conservation #climatechange

Last year involved a La Niña, a natural climate cycle that brings increased sea temperatures to our eastern shores. This drives fish further out to sea leading to us receiving extensive numbers of starving sea birds over many months. This year, an El Niño is currently occurring, which has the opposite effect on sea temperature. And yet we are still receiving many starving sea birds. Additional causes of malnutrition include rising sea temperatures unrelated to La Niña (climate change), storms, fish stock pressures and marine pollution.
This juvenile pied shag/kāruhiruhi arrived at the hospital in an emaciated state at 1.2kg. Three weeks later it weighs over 1.8kg and is eating well. Pied shags naturally roost in trees so providing a perch for them is important to offer variability in places to stand while they're in the hospi#piedshagd#seabirda#nzbirdsb#birdsofaotearoae#wildlifed#wildliferehabr#wildliferehabilitationa#wildlifehospitalp#siwh##southislandwildlifehospitalp#conservationa#climatechangehange
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1 month ago

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Such strong looking feet!

Great it's recovering with your TLC! Thank you! ♥️

Great work ❤️

😍

Thank you for your great work .

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Nothing makes us happier than getting our patients to the release stage. Our trust secretary Deb and vet student volunteer Helena got to join penguin rehabber Thomas, along with Raylene and Alan, in releasing four kororā on the Canterbury coast yesterday.
It was a bit of a walk out to the release site with the precious cargo but it was smiles all round seeing these little penguins back where they belong.
#wildlife #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #penguin #kororā #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #conservation

Nothing makes us happier than getting our patients to the release stage. Our trust secretary Deb and vet student volunteer Helena got to join penguin rehabber Thomas, along with Raylene and Alan, in releasing four kororā on the Canterbury coast yesterday.
It was a bit of a walk out to the release site with the precious cargo but it was smiles all round seeing these little penguins back where they belong.
#wildlife #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #penguin #kororā #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital #conservation
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1 month ago

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Thank you . Hope you don't have to see them again. Wish them a long, happy life

Thank you!!

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Receiving wildlife at the hospital means also accepting their passengers. Internal ones (endoparasites) include worms in the digestive tract. External ones (ectoparasites) include lice, like this one which crawled off a kererū and up the vets arm during examination.
Not all parasites need treatment. However, some can cause serious disease on their own, or can worsen a compromised bird already struggling from another condition.
#parasite #lice #louse #ectoparasite #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #kereru #kererū #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Receiving wildlife at the hospital means also accepting their 'passengers'. Internal ones (endoparasites) include worms in the digestive tract. External ones (ectoparasites) include lice, like this one which crawled off a kererū and up the vet's arm during examination.
Not all parasites need treatment. However, some can cause serious disease on their own, or can worsen a compromised bird already struggling from anot#parasitet#lice##louset#ectoparasitee#wildlifea#wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitatione#wildlifehospitali#kereruo#kererū##siwhu#southislandwildlifehospitalildlifehospital
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2 months ago

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Brave vet! Must have seen that lots of times. Great work!

Oh !!!

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