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Cheryl, the Bilby, was presented by her keeper from Queens Park Nature Centre. She had a swelling on her face, under her right eye that had appeared suddenly. Cheryl was anaesthetized and examination of her mouth revealed the source of the swelling—an abscess on the root of one of her teeth, in fact she had already lost a couple of teeth and was showing some signs of dental decay in the others. The infected tooth and its root were removed, along with several others. Her remaining teeth were scaled and polished to remove the tartar build up.
Bilbys, along with most other small mammals, are at risk of developing hypothermia when under an anaesthetic, so special care was taken to keep Cheryl warm. She received antibiotics and pain relief and once she was fully conscious, was discharged back into the care of her keeper with instructions to continue the medication. They also needed to feed her soft food for several days while her mouth healed. A follow up call a few days later revealed that Cheryl had recovered well and was managing to eat soft food.
Without the care of the staff at Queens Park, Cheryl’s dilemma may have gone unnoticed and she would probably have starved.
Support Bilbys like Cheryl by visiting Queens Park Nature Centre, Queens Park, Ipswich.
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