Cockatoo shot 5 times, X-ray scan goes viral


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The bird was shot with two different air rifles.

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Published: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 11:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 1:38 PM

A sulphur-crested cockatoo in Australia survived after being shot five times with air guns with one pellet lodging just millimetres from its left eye.
The cockatoo is was found by a member of the public in Sydney last month, and taken to the local Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital. X-ray scans revealed three pellets in its chest and one in its shoulder and the bird was shot with two different air rifles.
According to a BBC report, some of the projectiles have been removed and the cockatoo is recuperating and receiving physiotherapy to help fly again. "I mean, he's like winning the national lottery, this one, he's definitely very lucky being alive," veterinarian Lorenzo Crosta told ABC News.

The cockatoo was found injured in a backyard of a house and the motive for the attack remains unclear. "How can you even think about shooting an animal that is just sitting there? I think it's very unfair," Dr Crosta said.
It is reported that the hospital decided not to remove some of the pellets since there was no trauma to the bird's vital organs.

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