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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.

birdgirl78: Birdiebirdgirl78 on September 4th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Keep it warm.
Birds are exceptional at hiding injury/illness. I'd be even more worried if it's not freaked out by you walking in. If it can't fly off tomorrow, you might put a towel over it's head (to keep it from biting) and spread the wings out to examine them for breaks.
*wishes she could be there to help*
ellymelly: it is only your soulellymelly on September 4th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
this bird is MASSIVE lol - it's a rainforset pigeon that's taken a liking to our fig tree (looks like this: http://www.anhs.com.au/images/wompoo5034.jpg ) i seriously struggled finding something big enough to keep it on on short notice.

it doesn't seem too bothered by me because i've been 'hanging out with it' for about 7 hours now lol so i guess it's worked out that i'm not trying to hurt it. it does, however, look much better than it did before. it seems to want to fly off now but i can't let it go in the dark because apparantly these ones don't fly at night so i have to keep it until first light. it's calmed down now and is asleep in it's 'nest' of towel. wish i had something to keep it warm with but i really don't have anything other than our main airconditioner lol

wish i could mail it to you because i'm sure you'd look after it better than me!
birdgirl78: Birdiebirdgirl78 on September 4th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
pretty birdie!
Well, if it's calm because you've been there, that's a good thing.
You haven't a heating pad? *snort* I guess I'm showing myself an "old lady", but I do love my heating pad.
*cracking up at the idea of mailing the thing*