Vet gives parakeet new prosthetic wings after someone cut them too short

When a beautiful Green-cheeked parakeet named Wei Wei visited The Unusual Pet Vets in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Catherine Apuli noticed something was off.

The 12-week-old bird’s wings had been trimmed too short which prevented her from flying. Her owner informed Apuli that anytime Wei Wei attempted to fly she dropped to the ground.

Wei Wei sitting on the surgical table waiting patiently for her anaesthetic and new wings. Notice how short her wings have been cut.

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While Wei Wei’s situation sounds dire, Apuli knew just how to help the little bird.

Apuli performed a procedure known as imping, a method that’s used to repair broken or damaged feathers. Donated feathers were used to replace Wei Wei’s damaged feathers.

These beautiful donor feathers were disinfected and dried prior to attachment.

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With the new feathers Wei Wei will be able to fly again, and once she grows older she will molt and grow new feathers.

Before

This photo demonstrates how short her feathers were.

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After

Wei Wei's waking up from her anaesthetic with her new wing spread.

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The Unusual Pet Vets shared on their Facebook that Wei Wei is doing well since the procedure and her owner has been doing recall training with Wei Wei.

Once Wei Wei was awake we tested her flight and she did very well.

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