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Need help with wildlife issues... #15225 06/28/05 12:39 AM
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(Sorry I posted this on training forum by mistake!)

I know this forum is for budgies but I'm hoping that one of you fellow-birdlovers might be able to help me out.
I found this baby pigeon on my way home, on an urban street. It's not a newborn, probably at least a month or two months old. Can't fly, can't walk too well either - may have been stunned. So I called our local humane society, which told me that I had to call the city animal services...After being given the usual runaround, I finally got ahold of someone at the city animal services, who basically told me that if they came to pick him up, they would euthanize him right away! When I said "No way; what's the point of having animal services if you won't even give them a few days to recuperate?" the person suggested that I leave the bird back where I found it, and then check on it a few days later. This didn't seem to make much sense to me either because I know there are all sorts of predatory animals, not to mention dogs, etc around. Plus I looked around and didn't see a nest or a mother pigeon looking for her baby. Anyway, it was about 8 pm and I decided to bring the little one home. The thing is, he hasn't been drinking water or eating anything. If he survives tonight, I plan to take him to Wildlife services first thing in the morning (they'd be long closed by now).
Now for the questions:
- any suggestions as to how I can feed him?
- was it the right thing to bring him home? My thinking was that the risk of something bad happening to this bird outside was probably greater than the possibility that his mother would come looking for him. Does anyone have any other thoughts?
Thanks for any ideas/suggestions!

Re: Need help with wildlife issues... #15226 06/28/05 02:37 AM
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well... with the water, if he/she lets you hold it you could take an eye dropper and put water in it and give it to the baby that way... it get something into its system so it wont die *hopefully* and for the food... I don't know... I would think just keep it there.... you might scatter it on the bottom of the cage *if thats what your keeping it in* since its wild it might not know what to do with it all in a little cup.... and I think you did do the right thing. Its better with someone who's going to care for it than out on its own... I'm having a problem with a baby parrot thats flying around and I'm trying to get it into MY house. Since apparantly it was home owned and it probably can't survive by itself.... and maybe I can find the owners. **is hoping**

good luck with the baby


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Re: Need help with wildlife issues... #15227 06/28/05 04:57 PM
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Hi Sinsalia,
Thank you for the advice - he looked much better this morning, in fact he was trying to stand on his feet (but couldn't). I took him to the humane society where they determined that there was something wrong with one of the legs and that if that wasn't fixed, then he wouldn't be able to learn how to fly. So basically they said they had to keep him and have their vet take a look. Granted, they don't have an avian vet but they said if the vet felt it was necessary to send him to the wildlife centre, a volunteer would transport him there. They gave me a number to call tomorrow to check on the patient's status. I hope he pulls through, he was such a cute baby! smile
Any luck with the runaway parrot?

Re: Need help with wildlife issues... #15228 06/29/05 05:48 PM
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meh.... somewhat... I have a cage out and some food... so hopefully he will come back on his own free will... **is praying**


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