Lorikeets are the most common species of native animals we treat at our Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre. Last year our RSPCA wildlife team cared for 3,065 lorikeets and from spring through to summer - the vast majority of patients are presenting with Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome (LPS).
The syndrome is primarily seen in rainbow and scaly-breasted lorikeets. If left untreated, the birds are unable to feed themselves and die from dehydration and starvation.
“Every summer we treat hundreds of lorikeets with LPS. The syndrome is mainly on present in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and some in Gympie,” says RSPCA Queensland Wildlife Vet Tim Portas.
“It is treatable when found early but requires weeks of intensive care for the birds.”