Hematological changes in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) following capture.

  title={Hematological changes in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) following capture.},
  author={Richard J Whittington and Tom R. Grant},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  volume={31 3},
Blood samples were collected from the bill sinus of nine free-living platypuses (Ornithorhynehus anatinus) within 12 min of capture of each and again after 1 to 12 hr, New South Wales, Australia, 1981 to 1988. In seven animals which were not anesthetized, there was a significant (P < 0.01) fall in lymphocyte count between the two samples. The reduction ranged from 10 to 58% of the initial lymphocyte count and caused a significant reduction in the total white cell count (P < 0.05). Both the… CONTINUE READING