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This takahe was sent over to us from Maud Island. She was sent to us because the rangers discovered she couldn’t stand up. This means she couldn’t eat or drink and would be extremely vulnerable; she needed immediate medical attention.
X-rays were taken along with giving her a full physical exam and blood sampling but no answers were found. The next step was to take her for a CT. This gives a 360 degree look at her entire body and can allow us to pick up very small issues in great detail.
Unfortunately the CT revealed a small lump pressing on the spinal nerves; the cause for her paresis (impaired movement). To determine what the lump was we took her to surgery to biopsy the lump. While waiting for results she was made comfortable with pain relief and food. We also started gentle physiotherapy to try and maintain muscle tone and function.
The biopsy results showed a cancerous lump that was untreatable. We had to make the difficult decision to euthanise her. She died peacefully in our arms while receiving a head scratch (a favourite to all Takahe).
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016