Last year 3,221 lorikeets presented to RSPCA with Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome (LPS) and 389 lorikeets have already been admitted into our care in January.
The syndrome is primarily seen in rainbow and scaly-breasted lorikeets. If left untreated, the birds are unable to feed themselves and die from dehydration and starvation.
“Every summer we treat hundreds of lorikeets with LPS. The syndrome is mainly on present in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and some in Gympie,” says RSPCA Queensland Wildlife Vet Tim Portas.
“It is treatable when found early but requires weeks of intensive care for the birds.”