Reddish Egret (Ding #2) #19-4600

Reddish Egret (Ding #2) #19-4600
Nov 03 2019
The reddish egret is the rarest and least studied wading bird in the United States. This egret is known for its erratic dancing when it forages and is a species of critical conservation concern, particularly in Florida where the population is in continuous decline.
This bird is one of five birds that were outfitted with satellite tracking devices as part of a study at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge that began in 2014 to learn more about seasonal movements, year-round habitat use, home range sizes and survival.

Status Updates

Admission - Nov 03 2019 1:26 pm

Upon being admitted to the wildlife hospital, veterinarians assessed the bird. The noted it to have moderate ataxia (abnormal walking) and mild head tremors. The bird was able to stand, but preferred to sit down on its hocks. All of these were symptoms consistent with brevetoxicosis, or red tide poisoning.

ILE Treatment - Nov 03 2019 7:30 pm

After veterinarians were able to determine the suspected cause of the egrets debilitation, they created a treatment plan. The treatment plan included a novel treatment called intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) therapy which has previously been used at the CROW Clinic to treat red tide in double-crested cormorants and sea turtles.

Showing Improvements - Nov 04 2019 9:30 am

Within the first 24 hours after receiving the ILE treatment in addition to continued nutritional and supportive fluid therapy, the egret has started to make improvements. Staff reported it was standing in the cage this morning and was bright and alert.

Ding #2 - Nov 04 2019 7:32 pm

Researchers from the Avian Research and Conservation Institute, the ones who placed the satellite tracker on the bird, have confirmed this individual is named "Ding #2". He is one of five reddish egrets which they have been tracking using satellite transmitters in the areas of J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Bunche Beach.

Catheter Removed - Nov 05 2019 11:00 am

Ding #2's intravenous catheter which was used to administer fluids and the ILE treatment was removed today. He continues to receive fluid therapy subcutaneously and remains bright and alert. He has been tolerating feedings well which helps the staff ensure he is receiving proper nutritional support.

Moved to Outdoor Enclosure - Nov 07 2019 9:12 am

Ding #2 was reported to be eating on his own this morning by the veterinary staff. Since he has continued to show improvement since receiving treatment, he has been moved outside to one of the enclosures in the Burrowing Owl complex for continued care by the rehabilitation staff.

Not doing well outside - Nov 09 2019 9:30 am

Rehabilitation staff reported that Ding #2 has not been eating well on his own outside. A check of his weight showed that he has lost weight and his body condition has worsened.

Brought Inside - Nov 09 2019 3:15 pm

Ding #2 was brought back inside to the ICU to be monitored by veterinarians.

Ding #2 Passes Under GA - Nov 10 2019 10:15 am

Veterinarians determined that Ding #2 was experiencing complications from renal failure including including stones in the cloaca (called cloacaliths). He was placed under general anesthesia to attempt to remove the stones, but unfortunately, the egret was unable to recover from the procedure.