Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Wallaby Joey being treated for anaemia

Vitamin B6 injection for Joey with Anaemia March 11Image of one of our young Bennett’s Wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) being treated by the Animal Care Team

As a follow-up to last week’s Blog that covered our vet’s visit to the Park – you may remember Doc Green took a blood sample from one of our brown Joeys born last year. We’re concerned that this young Wallaby is very small and underweight. The blood test results indicate that the Joey is anaemic and Doc Green has prescribed Vitamin B6 injections to be administered by the Animal Care Team over the next couple of weeks. The image above shows the first injection treatment in progress. We’re hoping that the vitamin boost will help to rectify the situation and that the anaemia isn’t due to an underlying internal infection of some kind. We’ll be monitoring the Joey carefully for signs of improvement or deterioration in the days ahead.

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