Brady the wedge-tailed eagle is being cared for at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Brady the wedge-tailed eagle is being cared for at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Ben Beaden/Australia Zoo

Wildlife hospital treating majestic wedge-tailed eagle

THE Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated an amazing range of animals over the years but few as majestic as Brady, a huge and very handsome wedge-tailed eagle.

The adult bird arrived at the hospital on Tuesday after he was found caught in a feral animal trap on a private property in Gympie.

The trap had caught him around the ankles (or hocks).

The owner was immediately concerned for his welfare and called the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit for help.

A hospital spokesperson said Brady was alert when he arrived at the hospital but his hocks were noticeably red raw.

He was anaesthetised so his injuries could be cleaned and treated with saline before he was given pain relief medication, fluids and antibiotics to aid recovery.

Thankfully, x-rays showed no fractures.

The hospital spokesperson said Brady was about three years old and weighed 3.5kg.

"Although he is an impressive size, the males are actually the smaller of the species," she said.

"He will remain at the wildlife hospital for a few more days under close observation for infection.

"Once his wounds heal, the rescue unit will transport him back to Gympie for release."



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