July 8, 2010

My first bird rescue ever

I found this little beauty lying on the road last night.
She (doesn't the bird look like a she? I don't like using "it" when speaking of animals) was lying on her right side and I could only see her beak moving. I pulled over immediately and grabbed a towel from my trunk (I always carry some old towels, a bigger box, gloves, some big square diapers in my trunk in case an animals needs to be rescued) and I removed her from the road. She is a hooded crow (gray crow), very common to our country - not a baby but  not an adult either. I observed her and she was keeping still.. I phoned the local ASPCA but they couldn't help me. I called a vet who was on call and she said to give her some water, even force it on her if needed as she needs to stay hydrated. I took her home and asked my neighbor (who has had some experience with orphaned baby birds) for some help. We gave her some water, she stroked her gently and after only 5 minutes, the crow was ready to fly:)) We didn't let her of course - she spent the night in the box at my neighbor's home (my cat Pupa followed me wherever I took the box!). I went to work this morning not knowing if the little crow has survived the night... but she did:)) When I came home I took her to the vet: nothing was broken but her right eye was shut... the vet made some test and she has a contagious disease (it only spreads among birds) but that can be easily treatable. There is an organization that takes care of wild animals, but they are prohibited by law from tainge in crows and other wild animals who are on the "hunters lists "(apparently the hunters in Slovenia hunt crows as well... I think it has more to do with the downsizing of the crow population than hunting as they allegedly can cause a lot of damage... so do humans by the way). I couldn't keep her, my neighbor couldn't keep her ... so the young vet said he would take her  home (and it is illegal to keep a wild animal in captivity, even if you are giving the m medical care... how crazy is that? They can fine me whenever they want... ). He is specialized in birds and reptiles so has a few rescues as home any way. This is not something I expected as our vets don't care much about animals in general. So sad, but so true. When Pupa needs medical attention I take her 60 kms away as there is a good animal hospital there. But I digress... I payed for the medications the crow will need in the next week and I will be calling the vet to see how she is doing. I have a whole new love for birds:) Why? Just look at these pictures and those beautiful blue eyes! So.. it took 3 of us to save this little animal..... I hope she thrives and comes back for a visit:)

9 comments:

Melody said...

Ahhhh, a girl after my own heart! Next it will be mice... and then racoons...
That is a MOST beautiful eye indeed! :)
Good Work!

Martinas Welt said...

Oh...how loving and caring you are! I am glad the bird survived...once tried it with a bird as well, but she did not survive the night, but the birdie was caught by a cat and was hurted a lot more....so it is good you could help her and also the vet cared for it!
Martina

Louise said...

Who would not want to help a beautiful bird like that. Thank you for taking the time to step up to the plate. I hope that you hear that the pretty blue eyed crow does just fine and can be released back into the wild.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful bird! Do all crows have blue eyes or just that kind? I've never seen one, up close and personal. Usually I just holler at them to get out of my pecan trees, I don't check eye color.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I always think in these circumstances that it's only illegal if you get caught! :-) I'm glad you were there for this sweet bird and it's a good reminder of what 3 and even 1 person can make!

Feral Female said...

How sweet. Hope he/she pulls through!

polly's path said...

A beautiful bird and a more beautiful story. With the help she got from all of the caring humans you surrounded her with, I hope she can soon spread those wings and fly home, wherever that is.

Eva said...

You did a great job. Only few people care about birds like crows. And yes, she is beautiful indeed. And yes, you are right ... most vets don't care about animals.
Hope this little lady survives.

Lori Skoog said...

Another rescue... Her eyes are beautiful and you are a very special person to continue to help all creatures great and small!

By the way, the heat is harder on me than the cold (when I am doing chores).

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