Monday, August 4, 2008

This Week at Liberty 08/04/2008

Even though the baby bird season is winding down, there still seems to be no end to the little arrivals who need our help, both avian and mammalian. Where to begin…?

Little Kestrel prepares to eat a pinkie (mouse, that is!)

A little male kestrel was brought in earlier in the week, in a custom box that looked like a condo, complete with a perch made from a branch, and translucent windows of plastic! The only problem was the people who brought him in had kept him for three weeks and had been hand feeding him. This we refer to as the “Frodo Syndrome” after our little burrowing owl that got the same treatment a few years ago and is non-releasable due to imprinting. The jury is still out on this little guy, so we hope he “wilds up” and can be returned to the wild.

Baby Poor-will

Feeding a baby frog-mouth

Another little bird who is in the care of the rehab squad is a fledgling Poor-will. They aren’t easy to care for as they don’t eat well on their own in captivity and must be force-fed.

Tiny baby quail

Everybody needs matter how small!

Even the smallest arrivals usually need fluids after being on their own, including a tiny baby quail. It takes great care on the part of the Medical Services team to administer the sub-cutaneous injection.

Gila Woodpecker - all the way from Texas!

Another wildlife rehab center in Wichita Falls, Texas, found a fledgling Gila woodpecker in need of care. Gilas are definitely NOT native to central Texas, so two ladies drove this little guy for over 12 hours to bring him to Liberty Wildlife for rehab!

"My three..., whatever they are!"

Happy little raccoon cub.

And out raccoon family is doing so well, they are going to be released tomorrow (Tuesday). Although they are a chore to maintain and the cleanup after they leave is arduous, they are still a cute bunch to watch!

Dove under hat...!

One of our rehabbing doves has a wound on the top of his head requiring a special bandage. The material resembles a beret and keeps the tissue soft and moist while he heals.

"When is it my turn in the tub?"

The small water tub in the waterfowl pen was in use this week by the two Canada Geese that are being treated. Though not big enough for much mobility, the big birds don’t seem to mind taking turns in the kiddie pool!

Orphan GHO with deformed broken leg

Standing/sitting improperly caused sore on legs

Within an hour of surgery, he's standing up!

One of the orphaned great horned owls that is bring raised by our foster parents wound up breaking a leg. Since he is so young, his leg was wrapped and splinted to allow it to grow. However in his case, the leg grew at an inappropriate angle and he developed sores on the part of his leg that he tried to stand on. The only course of action was to have his leg surgically re-broken and set with an external brace until it heals. When he came back to Liberty, he was already standing on the leg!

Laundry basket full of baby green herons

Lone little green heron hatchling

"I said, I'M HUNGRY!!"

It seems like last week was the “Week of the Baby Green Herons” in that we got in several of the little guys. Two nestlings arrived in a laundry basket, and one that was a hatchling, barely big enough to stand…but not too small to beg food!

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