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Pterodactyl the baby Goldfields emu recovering after car strike

It has been a trying week for little Pterodactyl — Terror for short — a young emu chick hit by a car last week in the Goldfields.

Sitting in the back corner of her pen, she gets up, wobbling as she walks, to check out her new surrounds.

Brought into Kalgoorlie Animal Hospital with an injured leg, the young chick was operated on and cared for by vets, before being taken under the wing of Goldfields Native Animal Care’s Toni Russell.

It is a sad reality for many native animals, and Ms Russell, who is also caring for several joeys and other birds hit by cars, is urging drivers to be vigilant.

Little Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery.Little Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery.
Camera IconLittle Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

“Most of it is all car related,” she said.

“Just be careful, be aware. The animals don’t associate the vehicle with hurting them until it’s too late. They’re just going about their business.”

Terror’s wobbly gait is a major improvement, as just a few days ago she could not even stand up.

“The last few days she has gotten a lot stronger — the rest … is really starting to work,” Ms Russell said.

Little Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery.Little Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery.
Camera IconLittle Pterodactyl is resting up after being hit by a car and needing surgery. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

“She’s starting to get up and move around, and we’ve got her in a pen small enough that she’s not going to go too crazy.

“She can get up and move and stretch it out and strengthen it, but she can’t get to full speed to be able to do any damage.”

Ms Russell said the animal hospital had done an amazing job getting Terror back on her feet, and once fully recovered, they would be speaking with local sanctuaries to see if anyone could take her in.

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