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Zoo Miami flamingos receive their annual wellness exams

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Flamingos at Miami Zoo receive annual wellness exams
The animal health team at Miami Zoo offers flamingos an annual wellness test.

A flock of 40 Caribbean flamingos (18 males and 22 females) at the Miami Zoo were recently collected in their habitat so that each could take their annual wellness checks.

The animal health team at the zoo set up a mobile clinic along with a custom-built reef area adjacent to the habitat, one by one, each flamingo was brought in for examination by Miami Zoo’s assistant veterinarians Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher and Dr. Marisa Bezjian with the help of the animal science and health teams Animal.

The examinations included obtaining individual weights, collecting blood samples, and examining the general condition of the body with special attention to the feet that could be prone to certain problems. Additionally, every flamingo has been vaccinated against West Nile virus. Transponders were also implanted to identify some of the younger individuals who were receiving their first annual test.

Other than some minor eye problems generally associated with age and some foot problems which will be watched carefully, all flamingos appear to be doing well and have been successfully repatriated immediately after the procedure.

These tests are part of an important preventive medicine program designed to identify any potential health issues among zoo residents. Being wild animals, they often hide any symptoms of illness or disease until progress has progressed. By being able to identify any potential issues during the early stages through preventive testing, lives can and have been saved.


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