Sunday, August 20, 2006

A crow with extra baggage

This nw crow came to us from the Kenai NWR. He had an older injury and was being cared for by a woman in the area. After some time with her, she noticed it didn't have full use of it's left wing and couldn't fly. Liz from the USNPS sent the crow to us to see what we could do.

After examination by Dr Todd Palmatier & Rehab Director Cindy Palmatier, it was found to have a huge mass of old dried up blood & tissue. It had harded and obstructed the crow from being able to move it's wing properly.

After they removed the mass, the bird was able to move it's wing like it's suppose to. It's still to soon to tell if the birds releasable. The wound needs to heal and the crow will be flight tested.

The woman who found the bird, her heart was in the right place. She did care for the bird and probably saved it's life. But without proper medical attention, the bird would never of had the chance for release and also be able to defend for it self.

Just a reminder....

Do not attempt to raise or keep wildlife yourself. Not only is it illegal, but wild creatures do not make good pets and captivity poses a constant stress to them. Young wild animals raised without contact with their own species fail to develop survival skills and fear of humans, virtually eliminating their chances of survival in the wild.

Check out these links on what to do if you find an injured bird.

Help, I found an injured bird (Raptors)

Help, I found an injured bird II (small birds)

Help, I found a baby bird

Just a few simple things you can do to avoid harming wildlife


robin andrea said...

Always a worthwhile reminder, dave. It certainly is an understandable desire to want to take a wild creature home, but it's not what's best for the animal. Hope the crow heals well enough to be releasable.

Duncan said...

You do a great job over there Dave, wish you had a branch office in my district. Talking to a ranger yesterday, she had caught a disbled Wedge-tailed Eagle in a paddock, it had been shot through the wing. The vet thinks the wound may be superficial, here's hoping it goes back into the wild.

Dave said...

Thanks Robin & Duncan. I don't understand the shootings. There's no sense. You can't eat them. Shooting at cans is more challenging. We have those problems up here also. That's one subject that can have me in a temper tantrum.

We don't know how this little guy got injured. He does have a good chance at being released.