Since 39-09 & 41-09 are both males, we anticipate they will continue to fight for dominance but we hope they are past the really aggressive stage. They still need to be watched when they are out together. The two of them still have stand-offs and short bill-to-bill challenges. DAR #39-09 has a white band on the right leg.
Unfortunately DAR #39-09 sustained a leg injury the last week in August. He was walking slowly for several days then we noticed that his leg positioning had changed. His left leg is rotated, causing him to sway when he walks. Luckily, he was getting more active after a week passed. We have started increasing his time with the rest of the chicks but we are protecting him from being chased or harrassed. We are in "wait and see" mode for whether or not his leg will stabilize well enough for him to be released this fall.
continued moving very slowly and limping for a couple of weeks, so
he was packed into a crate and driven down
to ICF so that Dr. Barry Hartup could radiograph his
Dr. Hartup, his students, and Marianne took
radiographs, drew blood samples, and gave him injections. The final
diagnosis was that #39-09 has a ruptured muscle in his left leg.
On October 1, he was transferred to the Milwaukee Zoo as his new home.
by Marianne Wellington and DAR Intern Kate Wyman, ICF. Thank you!
Last updated: 10/6/09
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