Tribble the Rainbow Lorikeet

Tribble the Rainbow Lorikeet   - 26th December 2016

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Tribble the Rainbow Lorikeet

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 130gms


Found: Poor Tribble was found on the side of the road after a suspected hit by car in Buderim, Queensland.

Transported to: A kind member of the public rescued Tribble and transported him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Veterinary Assessment: On arrival at the Wildlife Hospital, Tribble was unable to fly and was breathing heavily. After a thorough examination and x-rays, Dr Danny confirmed that Tribble had collided with the car window and suffered trauma to his head and beak.

Treatment: Dr Danny administered pain relief and fluids, before transferring Tribble to the Birds Intensive Care Unit, to be monitored.

Outcome: After one week at the Wildlife Hospital, Tribble was able to fly but still unable to gain any height. Dr Danny placed Tribble with a specialised wildlife carer to continue his rehabilitation and to give him time to practice his flight, before returning to his home in the wild.

AZWH Fact: The rainbow lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful feathers. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, and unfortunately are common patients at the Wildlife Hospital. In the last three months alone, 152 rainbow lorikeets have been admitted for injuries from car hits, window strikes and attacks by domestic pets.



  • Such a beautiful, beautiful bird and i hope and pray he will be okay once again. 

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