Good morning everybody
Hello, Dr. Madis
A bit about the trematode also... they are whit indirect development, they need to have 2 hosts before they can develop to adult trematodes. Usually the first hosts are snails and second host is fishes, so stork will get infected eating the infected fishes. Nestlings should get the adult trematodes from their parents when they regurgitate food to nestlings. Another interesting thing is that its described that that trematode can do hes developmental cycle through in warm climates, where the storks winter. so that is what we know about that parasite. The effect of that parasite to black stork population is not well known.
Yesterday evening everything went pretty much according how we planned. One thing what we noticed was that the other side is also nicked (something like if you bend plastic it will leave a line) and kept together by soft tissue and still soft keratin what covers the bone in the beak. That's why the fractured tip of the beak is so bendy.
Anyways today morning he got fish for food (today morning I went to the market and got him some small herring), hes meds and fluids. In the evening I'm taking off the bandage and will see how is the fractures doing. Lets hope for the best - that's what we can do.
With best regards,
Madis Leivits, DVM
Estonian Fund for Nature
Thank you once more Dr. Madis for your detailed report of your examination.
It is easily comprehensible where the trematodes are coming from and how they are passed to the storklets.But I don't understand the connection between these trematodes and the fracture of the beak.Are the trematodes able to penetrate even a beak
, so that they let the beak get breakable?
I wonder how the beak looked like after you took off the bandage....
So I'm very curious about your next report!