When an exotic patient like Tuross the wedge-tail eagle requires orthopaedic surgery to repair a broken leg, it requires team work from the SASH Avian and Exotics department and the SASH Surgery department.
Dr Melinda Cowan is the only clinical vet in NSW who holds a specialist qualification specifically for avian species. She and her team on assessing Tuross’s health and preparation for surgery. Dr Stephen Fearnside is a Surgery Specialist and one of the country’s leading experts in orthopaedics. He and his team, worked with Dr Melinda’s team in one of SASH’s cutting-edge surgical theatres, with a full media and film crew in tow.
A video report of the article can be viewed on news.com.au here.
The Project did a follow-up on the story, capturing Tuross’s release back into the wild.