Pied-billed Grebe #19-3094 update

Pied-billed Grebe #19-3094 had a follow-up examination, radiographs, and ophthalmic examination on October 24. Dr. Ernesto, the Center’s hospital director, believes that the grebe is having vision issues in both of its eyes, likely due to the compression from the grebe’s fractured skull. It may be that the head trauma and subsequent swelling of the brain damaged the grebe’s optic nerve; at this point, prognosis is poor though there’s still a small chance that as the fracture heals, the swelling around the brain decreases and the grebe may regain vision.

The staff are hand-feeding the grebe, since it’s not eating on its own. For now, the swimming sessions have ceased in the pool in the A3 enclosure, and instead, the grebe is being heavily misted three times a day to encourage preening.