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Lazarus the cockatoo rises again after being caught in wild Queensland hail storm

By Scott Lamond and staff, Friday October 12, 2018 - 13:10 EDT
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Lazarus the cockatoo sits on ground after being pelted in a hail storm at Coolabunia. - ABC licensed

It's the photo that summed up just how devastating Queensland's wild weather was — a lone cockatoo, standing among a field of hail and debris with its bright-yellow crest mostly missing and its feathers dirty and frazzled.

The image of "Lazarus" the cockatoo resonated with thousands of people on social media as .

The photo was taken by Coolabunia dairy farmer Damien Tessman who came across Lazarus on the ground when he went outdoors to survey the damage to his property after the thunderstorm passed over.

Mr Tessman said he thought the bird was dead but amazingly he has pulled through.

"I gave him a bit of a tap with my foot to see if he was still alive and he jumped up with so much gusto," Mr Tessman said.

"He reminded me a bit of myself on a Saturday morning after a big Friday night."

The battered cockatoo spent the night in a metal bin with a towel around him and some corn to munch on.

"The good people of Kingaroy would have been able to hear his ear-piercingly loud screeches when I grabbed him," Mr Tessman said.

He said Lazarus appeared to have a broken wing and will be taken to a vet.

"He tried to take a couple of jumps to fly, but the poor bugger isn't about to fly away now," he said.

"He doesn't seem to be in any distress."

Thursday's wild weather resulted in , with the number expected to climb throughout Friday.


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