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One of Taronga’s stunning Brolgas called ‘Mrs Mangles’, is getting special treatment at Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital for an injured wing. 

The brolga actually walks into the treatment room for check-ups and to have the bandage changed. The 26 year old female Brolga was initially bought to the hospital after keepers noticed she had a few bumps and scratches and a wound on her left wing that needed veterinary care. 

Upon arrival the Brolga was given a thorough medical check, the wound was cleaned and dressed and Mrs Mangles was given antibiotics and a course of pain relief to make her as comfortable as possible. 

Taronga Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian, Larry Vogelnest, said: ”It’s uncertain how Mrs Mangles got herself into a spot of bother but she is a very gregarious bird and has proved to be a model patient.” 

“Every few days we change the bandage on her wing. She is very obliging, walking into the treatment room and happily allowing one of our vet nurses to gather her up in their arms whilst I change the dressing.” 

“Brolgas are known for their extraordinary long limbs and Mrs Mangles is no exception. She stands about waist height, so it’s lovely to see her walk so gracefully in to get her bandage changed,” said Larry.

After a couple of weeks of treatment and care at the Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, the wound on Mrs Mangles wing is healing exceptionally well, and the bird will soon return to Taronga’s Wetland Ponds exhibit. 

“The veterinary nurses in particular will miss Mrs Mangles being at the hospital. Brolgas are famous for their intricate dancing and to add a bit of light relief to our days, we have enjoyed joining in some of the dance sessions,” said Larry.

Brolgas are often referred to as the Australian Crane.  It is a common wetland bird species and is the official bird emblem of Queensland. Within NSW, Brolga numbers have been reduced by widespread drainage of suitable habitat for agriculture, land reclamation and water regulation, however they are still widespread throughout Australia's north.

Taronga is committed to educating visitors about the importance of birds and their habitat. The Zoo’s Free Flight Bird Show, which is presented twice daily, showcases an array of Australian birds from Brolgas to Black-breasted Buzzards which show off their natural behaviour and remarkable physical abilities.

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