This is “Toes”, a very lucky Rainbow Lorikeet.
His nest was destroyed during clearing of trees for a residential property. He fell and sustained two toes amputated as a result. Luckily, one of the tree fellers noticed his little purple head bobbing up and down in the fallen trees and took him to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where he has spent many weeks having surgery on his wounds. Toes was then placed with one of our volunteer wildlife carers.
He had to be housed alone initially until his wounds healed, much to his dismay. He is now happy to be a large flight aviary with his mates, a few other juveniles Rainbow Lorikeets, as they get ready for release back to the wild. He is very happy to show everyone his injuries...especially all of his buddies. He regales them with gory tales about his toes “hanging of by a thread”, how he nearly died, how the hawks nearly got him but he fought them off, and a big man with an axe...and then he gets a lot of love and cuddles from his buddies for sympathy!