Terri Irwin and an Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital vet with some of the injured lorikeets.​
Terri Irwin and an Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital vet with some of the injured lorikeets.​

Feathers fly as brutal Coast storm batters local wildlife

Hundreds of wild animals have been treated at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after severe storms hammered the Sunshine Coast.

Over 150 lorikeets were admitted after heavy rainfall, hail and strong winds restricted them moving or flying to safety.

Founder of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Terri Irwin, said the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was regularly faced with alarmingly high numbers of patient admissions during the aftermath of a storm.

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"This kind of weather is devastating for wildlife who are directly impacted by these types of weather events," Ms Irwin said.

"It is deeply saddening to see that more than 150 lorikeets had been admitted to the hospital in a span of 24 hours.

"Such weather can destroy perfectly built wildlife habitats, forcing animals to take shelter elsewhere and making them vulnerable to traumatic injuries that they are unable to recover from."

After examining the health of each and every lorikeet, the team of wildlife experts and veterinarians determined some of the birds had to be euthanased due to the severity of their injuries.

Many suffered head trauma as a result of the hail.

The team was able to successfully release 23 lorikeets back into the wild while the rest of the flock would remain in care until their wounds were completely healed.

The staff of Australia Zoo said it was pivotal to keep an eye out for injured birds who might be found in floods, or fallen from their nests.

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is open 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year treating all native wildlife.

To find out more visit wildlifewarriors.org.