By Bradley Stokes via SWNS
A poorly peacock had his squawk saved by vets after he was struck down with a rare life-threatening condition which left him with a wheezing cough.
Two-year-old Pea Whizzle was rushed into surgery after his owner Sophia Roma noticed him rasping and struggling to breathe.
“I’ve had peacocks since I was six years old and I knew there was something badly wrong," said Sophia, who keeps 45 birds at her home.
“Pea Whizzle was rasping and gasping and I was extremely concerned."
The 30-year-old took her beloved pet to Southfields Veterinary Specialists in Basildon, Essex, England, who operated on him.
Vet Daniel Calvo Carrasco, a leading exotic animal expert, made an incision in Pea Whizzle’s throat and discovered his trachea was collapsing.
He placed a tube down his throat while they operated on his tiny trachea to improve the airflow to the bird’s lungs.
“We removed the section of the trachea that was constricted and stitched the remaining trachea back together very carefully and gently,"Daniel said.
“Pea Whizzle was kept under observation for 12 hours after the operation with the air sac tube still in place before it was removed for us to monitor if he was able to breathe normally again via his trachea.
“Everything was fine and he was soon allowed home with a further check-up two weeks after surgery confirming he is doing well and his breathing is back to normal.”
Pea Whizzle has made a remarkable recovery and is now back home with Sophia following the operation last month.
“I can’t thank Daniel enough for how he cared for Pea Whizzle. He’s a real miracle worker," Sophia said.
“When Daniel examined him, he said he was down to a really reduced capacity in his airwaves so it was ‘now or never’ in terms of surgery.
“It was that dramatic and I’m convinced Pea Whizzle would not have made it if Daniel hadn’t operated immediately.
“It’s out of this world what Daniel and the team at Southfields have done, especially considering that a peacock’s neck is so tiny.
She added: “Pea Whizzle is almost back to normal now, apart from some baldness on his neck where he was plucked before the operation.
“He’s just popped into the kitchen for a piece of cake so things are definitely returning to normal.”
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