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04 September 2009 @ 06:44 pm
does anyone know ANYTHING relating to caring for injured birds???  
looking for some help:

i have this injured bird downstairs in my laundry and i'm not sure what to do with it.

it's a Wompoo Pigeon that flew into one of our windows. it's been sitting outside on our lawn for a good 4 hours - i don't think it's wing's broken but there's something wrong with it. ie. it flew a few feet but then just kind of stopped... maybe a leg? i don't know. but it started to get dark so i carefully wrapped it in a towl and brought it inside (otherwise something will kill it overnight) and i'm going to call our wildlife guy in the morning but what should i do for it tonight??? so far it's sitting in its towel and there's water nearby...

HELP PLEASE!!! i'm not good with wildlife! and this is a beautiful bird

OH NO IT DIED!!! and i can hear it's mate outside calling. i thought it was getting better? now i'm really depressed.

Mangy Mathan: Dwarfmangy_mathan on September 4th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Don't feed it. Leave it alone. Keep it warm if you can, maybe with an incubator or something. Call the wildlife guys ASAP.

From what I've discovered with baby animals, trying to feed them or whatever is more likely to hurt them than help, and it hurts them worse than letting them go hungry for a night.
ellymelly: painting with lightellymelly on September 4th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I've put it in my old cat cage (because it's big and open at the top) and it's snuggled up on top of a towel. it walked around a little when i moved it and seems to be doing a lot better. nothing is broken - which i'm guessing is good. and it wasn't panicked at all. i was going to leave it in the bathroom overnight and then take it outside tomorrow and see if it wants to fly off? the wildlife people don't care. i tried calling them but they were just like, 'eh - whatever'. *sigh* which is odd, because it's pretty rare as far as birds go... especially in this area.

anyway, i've taken your advice - i'll just leave it alone for the night and let it calm down and relax :D