APR 17, 2017 6:11 AM PDT

Australian Cockatoo Gets New Wings Following Severe Burns

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

It was late last month that an endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo in Australia sustained severe burns from an active power line and was found by experts. Unfortunately, bird feathers are quite flammable, so its wings weren’t doing too well after the incident and it put the animal in grave danger in the wild.

Meet the Carnaby's cockatoo that receive a feather transplant to fix its injured wings.

Image Credit: Perth Zoo/YouTube

After it was rescued by local veterinarians from Perth Zoo, it became a goal to try and fix the bird’s mangled wings. Fortunately for the bird, the zoo had some leftover donor feathers that came from an already-deceased animal.

By using matchsticks and superglue while the creature was sedated under an anesthetic drug, the veterinarians were able to affix donor feathers to the injured bird, being mindful of their placement and angle so they would look natural on the bird following the surgical procedure.

Related: Amputee tortoise gets some wheels to help it get around

“This little guy was unfortunately burned when the bird sitting next to him exploded on power lines, so we needed to replace his feathers,” veterinarian Peter Ricci explained about the bird. “He’s faring quite well, he is a young bird so he is eating quite well and he’s begging for food so he has made some great improvements so far.

The process of rebuilding bird feathers like this, known as ‘imping,’ is said to be a lot like that of applying hair extensions on humans. The procedure is applied to both domestic and wild birds as needed.

Domestic birds may require the procedure when their wings are trimmed too short for comfort, while wild birds may need them when they are found injured.

Fortunately for the injured cockatoo, it should be able to fly on its own once again in the near future. It’s currently regaining its energy and spending time at the zoo under the veterinarians’ care until it fully recuperates. Once it does, it will be sent to a sanctuary to be prepared for re-release into the wild.

Related: Two-legged puppy given the chance to walk again

Carnaby’s cockatoos are native to the Western Australian region and their numbers have severely declined over the last several decades. Perth Zoo veterinarians often treat injured cockatoos, but they do note how it’s not every day one comes in as badly injured as this one did.

Source: Perth Zoo

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 04, 2020
Genetics & Genomics
A Hybrid Animal - the Sturddlefish - Is Created
AUG 04, 2020
A Hybrid Animal - the Sturddlefish - Is Created
Scientists, for reasons that are unclear, mixed eggs and sperm from two different species of fish and ended up creating ...
AUG 20, 2020
Health & Medicine
Studying the World's Deadliest Animal
AUG 20, 2020
Studying the World's Deadliest Animal
Imagine hundreds of mosquitoes feeding on your arm for the sake of research! This is one unique aspect fueling the work ...
OCT 22, 2020
Earth & The Environment
Legacy chemicals found in migratory birds
OCT 22, 2020
Legacy chemicals found in migratory birds
A study published in the journal Environment International has found long-forgotten chemicals, called legacy chemicals, ...
NOV 07, 2020
Earth & The Environment
Is Monarch wing size influenced by the environment?
NOV 07, 2020
Is Monarch wing size influenced by the environment?
Monarchs are shifting their migration patterns to live year-round in locations where the plants they need are always ava ...
NOV 23, 2020
Plants & Animals
Can Kelp Help Reduce Acidification in the Ocean?
NOV 23, 2020
Can Kelp Help Reduce Acidification in the Ocean?
Our oceans are becoming more acidic; their pH is going down as they absorb CO2 from Earth's atmosphere. It's thought tha ...
NOV 30, 2020
Genetics & Genomics
Green Genetic Technology Can Help Feed the World
NOV 30, 2020
Green Genetic Technology Can Help Feed the World
In the latter half of the last century, agriculture underwent a technological revolution that enabled farmers to create ...
Loading Comments...