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:)