Case Studies

Case Study 3 - Rehabilitating a Gunshot Swan

1 - The Diagnostics

A Trumpeter Swan that was illegally shot is prepped for x-rays at WRC. The swan is first anesthetized to reduce stress and pain.

2 - The Results

This x-ray shows some of the pellets (round white objects), one of which caused a fracture of the swan's ulna (located in its wing). You can faintly see the outline of the wing wrap around the wing in this x-ray. The swan will be at WRC for several weeks, maybe a month while its wing heals. Healing a wing is more than just applying a wing wrap though...

3 - The Rehabilitation

Muscles quickly atrophy and if not kept supple, the fractured wing may not heal correctly. So we do physical therapy twice a week! Here, vet Renee and CVT Katie anesthetize the swan and remove its wing wrap in preparation for a physical therapy session. You can view a video of the PT session here.

Other Case Studies

  • Case Study 1 - Healing a Heron
  • Case Study 2 - Kingfisher with a Luxation
  • Case Study 3 - Rehabilitating a Gunshot Swan
  • Case Study 4 - An Injured Sandhill Crane
  • Case Study 5 - One Lucky Duck
  • Case Study 6 - Treating a Blanding's Turtle
  • Case Study 7 - A Surprising Find in a Juvenile Herring Gull
  • Case Study 8 - Hook, Line and Sinker - Spiny Softshell Turtle
  • Case Study 9 - Coyote caught in a Trap