RSPCA leaf cutter and koala carer, Trudi was checking on a recently released koala in Esk when she discovered the injured raptor. He was brought to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane for further assessment.
RSPCA Vet Karina assessed the bird and found that he was not weight bearing on his leg. X-rays confirmed that his leg had a fracture, and due to the extent of the damage, could only be repaired by undergoing surgery.
You can watch the rescue, treatment and release of this raptor visitor on Wildlife ER.
With Karina’s 20 years of experience working with wildlife, and the support of RSPCA Vet nurses, the difficult procedure was a success. But the kite wasn’t out of the woods yet, needing time to heal and round-the-clock monitoring for several weeks.
With the bird’s progress looking promising, he was transferred to our Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to regain flight fitness. He would spend another four weeks spreading his wings before he finally got the chance to go home.