Here we have an 8yo female Humboldt Penguin living at a Children's Zoo! 🐧
The penguin was taken from the zoo to the local speciality hospital to investigate:
❔ decreased appetite & regurgitation
The team at the hospital performed a CT to look at her respiratory tract & coelomic cavity to determine the cause of the clinical signs. The scans were then sent for interpretation to a VetCT radiologist. 📄
The images showed that she was suffering from chronic liver disease due to hepatic lipidosis. Lipidosis can be seen in many types of birds secondary to concurrent disease & may not be the primary pathology. The primary cause of the clinical signs in this case was a foreign object in her ventriculus, which looked like a child’s Lego piece!
Image 1, is a regular 2D CT scan showing the "toy" in the ventriculus
Image 2, is a 3D image giving a clearer view of the object.
Thankfully, the veterinarian was able to rapidly remove the object using endoscopy & it turned out it was not Lego, but a piece of a floor tile where the penguins live (image 3). Mystery solved and a happy penguin! 👏