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Research on increased seabird mortality

In recent weeks, thousands of sick, dead and dying common guillemots have washed up on the Wadden Islands and the Dutch mainland coastline. Birds that strand alive are transported to animal rehabilitation centres while dead birds are being collected in order to determine their cause of death.
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Beaver with mid ear infection

Late February 2018 the Dutch Wildlife Health Center (DWHC) was contacted about a beaver (Castor fiber) that displayed very abnormal behavior before it was euthanized in the field. The beaver did not respond to people and appeared blind and deaf. The person who discovered the animal had given the beaver a little
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Completed investigation of seal mortalities in Brouwersdam

Well fed, no signs of disease or intoxication A noticeable mortality peak of adult seals occurred in Brouwersdam in the province of Zeeland early November 2017. Between November 5th  and 11th six dead, adult grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) were stranded near Brouwersdam. One of the animals was pregnant and near
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A first in the Netherlands – sea eagle in the CT-scanner

The carcase of a sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) found on the 20th March on the Reigerweg near the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve was investigated the following day by the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) and Wageningen Environmental Research at the veterinary faculty in Utrecht. As a top predator the sea
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Fungal respiratory infection cause of death in Mute swan

In January 2018 a severe respiratory infection was diagnosed in a mute swan (Cygnus olor) that had been found dead in Harderwijk. The carcase of the juvenile male swan was submitted to the DWHC by the animal ambulance of Ermelo-Harderwijk for investigation into the cause of death. Post-mortem investigation showed
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Results focus species 2017: Weasel and stoat

Little is known about the distribution, health status and causes of death in small mustelids in the Netherlands and for this reason weasels (Mustela nivalis) and stoats (Mustela erminea)  were made the DWHC focus species of 2017. In addition, the incidence of the roundworm Skrjabingylus nasicola  in the nasal
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