Roseate Spoonbill #18-1768

Roseate Spoonbill #18-1768
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May 14 2018

Roseate spoonbills get their pink coloration from the foods they eat. Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers pink.

This juvenile roseate spoonbill was admitted from J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge with a broken wing. Radiographs determined the bird had fractured metacarpals in its right wing.

Status Updates

Pinning Surgery - May 15 2018 10:30 am

The spoonbill was taken into surgery this morning to place three cross pins and an external fixator device to stabilize the fracture.


Recovery from Surgery - May 15 2018 1:01 pm

Once the pins and fixator were in place, the spoonbill was placed in a figure-8 wrap. It recovered from the anesthesia uneventfully and was walking around its enclosure a short time later.


Physical Therapy - May 22 2018 4:40 pm

The spoonbill had been receiving physical therapy every three days, however due to decreased mobility in the carpus joint of the injured wing, physical therapy is now being done daily.