Riley orphaned whiptail wallaby

wildlifewarriorsworldwide Many patients admitted to the #AustraliaZooWildlifeHospital are sadly victims of road accidents, like this little fighter – Riley the orphaned whiptail #wallaby. Thankfully Riley was safely tucked away in of her mum’s pouch and was brought to the #WildlifeHospital where she received surgery to mend her fractured arm, before being placed with a specialised #wildlife carer. You can read her incredible story by following the link in our bio!
Many patients admitted to the #WildlifeHospital are sadly victims of road accidents, like this little fighter...

ABC, Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital cares for thousands of wildlife patients every year, from turtles and birds to koalas. Each week we show you one of the animals that has been admitted.

February 2017

Riley the Whiptail Wallaby
Monday, 13th February 2017
Age: Juvenile Sex: F Weight: 1.04kgs

Found: Poor Riley was found on the side of the road after being thrown from the pouch when her mother was hit by a car in Canungra, Queensland.

Transported to: Sadly Riley's mother was killed on impact and a specialised wildlife carer rescued the orphaned joey and brought her to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Veterinary Assessment: A thorough examination and x-rays by Dr Rosie confirmed that Riley had fractured her left arm and suffered lacerations to her right arm.

Treatment: Dr Rosie took Riley into surgery to repair the fracture in her humerus by inserting a surgical pin to hold her tiny bones in place. Post surgery Dr Rosie wrapped her forearm in a bandage for stability and administered a treatment of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain relief, to aid her recovery.

Future: Riley will continue her rehabilitation with round the clock care from a specialised wildlife carer. Once the surgical pin has been removed, she will be able to rebuild the strength in her forearm before being released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: The whiptail wallaby is distinguished by its paler colouring and white stripe under its face. This beautiful animal is sometimes referred as the "pretty-faced wallaby."

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WildLife Rules!: Riley orphaned whiptail wallaby
Riley orphaned whiptail wallaby
WildLife Rules!
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