If you find an injured bird, it is important to act with care and consideration for both the bird’s safety and your own. While the first impulse may be to try to take the bird, this is not always the best solution. In any case, take note of the tips in this post so that you know how to act.
What to do with an injured bird
The first and most important thing to do when faced with an injured bird is to remain calm and maintain a calm attitude around the injured bird. Birds can sense your stress, which can scare them even more.
It is important to know that even if a bird is on the ground, it is not a sign that it is injured. For example, there are many chicks that jump out of their nests before they learn to fly. In these cases, instead of helping them, you would be putting their life in danger if you decide to move it from the place where you found it.
If you see a bird on the ground, look to see if its eyes are open and it is flapping its wings. It could be a case of a chick that is learning to fly and won’t need your help. Simply leaving the bird where it was will be fine and its parents will probably show up soon. Another situation may be that the site where you are located is not safe. In this case you could move it a little further away to avoid injury, but it should always be close to the initial location. You can keep an eye on what’s going on from a distance.
However, in cases where the bird is really injured, you will be able to tell by other symptoms. For example, closed eyes or you may even notice a wound. Remember that birds have a very fragile constitution and you could hurt them if you squeeze them too hard. Ideally, call a bird protection service to take care of the situation.
If it is not possible to get help, you can place the bird in a cardboard box. At this time it is preferable to avoid cages, as it could get hurt or frightened even more. A good idea may be for the box to be in a dark, quiet place so that the bird’s stress levels are reduced.
Consultation with a veterinarian
In cases where you find a bird that is really injured, it is best to seek professional help. It is ideal to take the bird to a wildlife rehabilitation center or an avian veterinarian as soon as possible. Trained professionals can assess the bird’s injuries and provide appropriate care.
Avoid trying to care for the bird yourself unless you are experienced in handling injured birds. Birds can be delicate and need specific treatment.
On the other hand, most wild birds are protected by wildlife conservation laws, and it is illegal to keep them as pets without proper permission. For this reason, among others, it is not advisable to try to adopt a wild bird that you have found.
Remember that the bird’s welfare is the most important thing. Your intention should be to help the bird and ensure its recovery and release into the wild if possible. Trying to care for the bird on your own without the proper expertise can put its life at risk. Therefore, seek the help of professionals trained in the rehabilitation of injured birds.
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