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2017


THREE LEGGED TAWNY FROGMOUTH


Three Legged Tawny Frogmouth
View of feet and legs


3 Legged Tawny Frogmouth
Note third leg at rear

These photos show a three legged tawny frogmouth. This bird is quite well and is otherwise normal. He came in as a "puff ball" chick, and is growing nicely. He is with three other tawnies at the moment and is accepted by them. There is no problem with perching.

The leg is not actually attached to anything and the skin and feathers around the area pull the vent sideways, so he "shoots sideways", (so beware the unwary person)! It's aim is pretty good as I've had to get changed quite a few times until I woke up to which way to aim it. My vet is willing to take the leg off when it has grown enough to be able to tolerate the anaesthetic, although he is a bit worried about the blood supply to area.

Postscript: The third leg was removed by the vet. The bird recovered well and was released.

By Noelleen Gordon



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