Australia Zoo’s bird benefactor swoops in

Russell Crowe has helped save the life of an injured kookaburra in Queensland. 

The academy award winner donated an unknown amount to Australia Zoo to facilitate the purchase of an endoscope required to save the bird which had swallowed a fishing hook. 

‘Archie’ the injured kookaburra came to public attention via a tweet from Wildlife Warriors, a charity established by Terri Irwin and her late husband Steve Irwin.  

“Archie the kookaburra had swallowed a fishing hook when he arrived at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital,” the tweet said. 

“An endoscope was used to locate the hook, following which it was safely removed using a protective sleeve…thankfully, Archie recovered and he has returned back to the wild.” 

Terri Irwin followed-up the tweet from her personal account, revealing Crowe’s involvement. 

“Thank you @russellcrowe for donating the funds to purchase this life-saving endoscope,” she said. 

“Archie really appreciated it.” 

Wildlife Warriors is currently working on a number of projects in areas including koala conservation and crocodile research. 


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