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1 December 2002 HEMATOLOGY AND SERUM CHEMISTRY VALUES OF THE LESSER RHEA (PTEROCNEMIA PENNATA) RAISED IN PATAGONIAN FARMS (ARGENTINA)
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Hematologic and serum chemistry values were determined for chicks, juveniles, and adult farmed lesser rheas (Pterocnemia pennata). Blood samples were taken during March–April 1998 from the brachial veins of lesser rhea, including 64 chicks, 24 juveniles, and 36 adults, raised in Patagonian farms (Argentina). Lesser rhea chicks had significantly lower erythrocyte counts, hematocrit, hemoglobin, red cell indices, and copper than did the juveniles and adult individuals. No significant differences were observed between females and males. Most values were similar to those reported for other ratites. The data obtained provide hematologic and serum chemistry values for lesser rhea from farms.

Elizabeth Chang Reissig, Carlos A. Robles, and Ricardo Sager "HEMATOLOGY AND SERUM CHEMISTRY VALUES OF THE LESSER RHEA (PTEROCNEMIA PENNATA) RAISED IN PATAGONIAN FARMS (ARGENTINA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 33(4), (1 December 2002). https://doi.org/10.1638/1042-7260(2002)033[0328:HASCVO]2.0.CO;2
Received: 20 September 2001; Published: 1 December 2002
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