The main line got a call from a mine site Tuesday night and it was directed through to me. After a conversation with the environment officer, it was decided that the two birds she had, if they survived the night, would be flown to Townsville at the mines expense. So they were packaged and flown an hour from the site to here. Upon collection at the airport, there were concerns that they had not survived as the box was very quiet. However, upon opening it, I found one little sulking woodswallow with a bloody wing and a pee wee with a badly dislocated leg.
I quickly conveyed them to JCU where they were examined by one of the excellent wildlife minded vets there, Trudi. While the woodswallow seemed a reasonably easy fix; a course of anti biotic to combat any infection, the Pee wee turned out to be slightly more complex due to the nature of the dislocation. He was examined and it was decided that due to his good health, his young age and the fact he had obviously adapted fairly well to have one useless leg, the decision was made that he deserved a second chance so he entered surgery and his leg was amputated. He came through surgery well and after 2 hours was back standing on his good leg .
He is feeding well, standing, and jumping well and from all appearances seems to be on the road to a fairly good outcome. So he is currently enjoying my hospitality and making a lot of noise!"