Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Turramurra was then brought to the Wildlife Clinic at Taronga Zoo where he was hand-raised for two months. Each night his carer would take him home with her and each day he would live in the Education Centre Office. Turramurra was fed young dead mice (sometimes referred to as ‘pinkies') just like the natural mother would for her young. As he grew older he was able to eat larger food including crickets - Turramurra had a very good appetite! Young Tawny Frogmouths look like little balls of cotton wool, in fact, on Turramurra's medical records one Zookeeper has written ‘incredibly cute lamington'.
As Tawny Frogmouths are the same colour whether male or female it was hard to tell Turramurra's sex. When Tawny Frogmouths get older it is easier to tell as males are usually larger than females. Veterinarians sometimes surgically sex birds that don't have obvious physical differences between the male and female. However, it was quickly discovered that Turramurra was a boy when he was put in an enclosure with another male Tawny Frogmouth, Tom. The two birds did not get along, behaving as though they were competing for territory like they would in the wild. Turramurra was then moved to a new home at the zoo.