An x-ray of the New Zealand bird of the year — now that’s a Christmas present. It’s also a crucial part of the treatment for any of our injured wildlife. This gift will not only be loved by the recipient, it’s also greatly appreciated by all our staff (and patients).
Around 90 per cent of our patients have x-rays. Unlike when you go to the doctor, or even take your pet to the vet, there’s no one to explain what the problem might be. So, it’s a crucial part of our CSI-like investigation into diagnosing injured wildlife. For example, a recent kereru patient was found on the ground, unable to fly. It was clear the wings weren’t broken, and the x-ray revealed a dislocated shoulder. X-rays also allow us to look closely at a fracture and decide if it needs orthopaedic surgery.