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« on: April 19, 2012, 07:48:21 pm »

Hey all! Some of you have been following my status updates the last few days on facebook about the injured baby mourning dove we had. I just wanted to share what was going on with the rest of you guys on here for those I don't have on FB!

2 days ago, my Dad saw our Irish Setter/Jack Russell mix, Zoey, throwing something up in the air at the end of our yard...He went to investigate and found that it was a baby bird, appearing half dead. He took it inside, and they put it in Sassy/Pete's old cage that we had around with some towels and a sock full of rice that had been heated in the microwave for some heat for the baby.  When I got home that evening and went to look at the baby, I was able to identify it as a baby mourning dove. Dad filled me in on what they had done and what injuries they'd noticed. The baby has a gash (more like ripped skin that didn't really bleed..the skin was just split almost...)under his right injured wing, which I think is either dislocated or broken. He was not carrying it properly, as it was drooping down, and he couldn't seem to correct the position no matter how hard he/she tried. Not really knowing what, or how to feed it, my sister had found a recipe for some baby bird food online consisting of scrambled eggs, eggshells and high protein kitten food all mashed up and mixed with some water. The baby got a few teeny bits down, but since it didn't want to eat it, we didn't force it. We offered it some water with a pipette, which it did drink and later a jar lid which it drank from. We kept it overnight, as it was found after the Wildlife Center of Va was closed for the evening, so I called and left a message for them to call me back. I kept the bird up in my room overnight, and when I checked on it in the AM, it was looking very good, aside from the wing. He was very bright and alert, and would step up on our fingers, but was very feisty and didn't want to be messed with, which I took as a good sign! He's a fighter! He did better and better throughout the day, and I received a phone call from the center at work...after hours of trying to get ahold of a rehabilitator nearby, I finally got in touch with transporter they gave me a number for and I met the lady later that afternoon. She most willingly took the baby to the center (which was over an hour away, and I couldn't get it there) and said she'd call when she got it there. She said it was being very feisty and looked good at the center, and she gave them my contact info. They gave me a number that was assigned to the baby since we wanted to be able to get updates on it, and also put us down on a list for contacting for release. We told them we wanted to re-release him back into our neighborhood, and they were thrilled!

(This is a brief synopsis of what went on lol)

Anyways, I will be contacting them tomorrow to see how the baby is doing. We are hoping and praying they'll be able to fix him up and won't have to euthanize him/her. Here are some pics of the lil stinker I took yesterday morning before I left for work.







Isn't he adorable? :)

Long story short, I have also decided to go ahead and pursue my license to rehabilitate wildlife, especially avian, so that I can handle and care for these guys legally...99% of wildlife in Va is actually illegal to keep...even for short periods...It's illegal to even keep feathers and such from wildlife here.  huh4 I've wanted to do this for years...but just never got around to it. This got the fire lit under my butt.  outahere  :twirl:
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 08:58:21 pm »

he really is adorable, and very lucky!  And good for you for getting your license to rehabilitate wildlife.  That is a great idea. Will it require you to set a room aside for such "hospital care" situations?
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 09:16:56 pm »

he really is adorable, and very lucky!  And good for you for getting your license to rehabilitate wildlife.  That is a great idea. Will it require you to set a room aside for such "hospital care" situations?


Eventually, yes. But I have to go through the process of establishing a relationship with a vet, obtaining a sponsership, go through a 2 year apprenticeship (with an established rehabilitator) and then  obtaining the permit, first.  Here's the 5 steps to becoming one in Va.  http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/5-steps4.pdf

The permit process: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/forms/PERM/PERM-044.pdf

I believe you are able to tell the center which type of wildlife you are willing to take in...so I'm going to try to only take avian and maybe certain reptiles (like turtles or lizards) to start with, since they would require a lesser amount of effort in terms of building outdoor care areas/cages/etc. Down the road, I may branch out into other wildlife...I eventually want to get my Falconry license so I can rehabilitate birds of prey.  :)

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 07:54:48 am »

I am on my phone so i cannot see the pis right now. I really love mourning doves. They are so cute and i love what they look like in flight. I actually know what baby mourning doves look  like. We had a nest in our bush in upstate new york that was occupied with them. Whenever you looked into the bush they would open their mouths like they were getting food! I think it is awesome that you want the bird released into your neighborhood! Itll be like your bird but wild lol.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 08:02:40 am »

Well, they do always say that birds and other animals do best when released in an area they are familiar with...plus, we love our birds here, especially the doves. We have 2 nesting pairs of them. One pair, whose baby this was, nests in our leyland cypress trees at the end of the yard. The other pair nest in the woods next to the house. Oddly enough, the doves are way outnumbered by the other birds here, so we want to keep as many around as we can. Their call is so pretty. :)

We are also going to be moving the invisible fencing up closer to the house so Zoey can't get near the trees anymore. She also likes to sneak up on people walking by, then dart out of the trees as far as her collar will allow and bark...scaring the crap out of people lol. Time to put an end to it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 08:55:50 am »

What a little sweetie and I hope all goes well!  Our boarder dove should be going home some time next week....... handshappy handshappy....I love our M. Doves outside but this one we are watching for my friend...well I have never heard sounds like she does!  She could make a lot of money for her sounds in a low budget horror film! :twirl:
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 09:29:27 am »

Just called the wildlife center. They had to euthanize the dove. It had a lot of breaks in its wing tthat weren't easily repairable.  One of which would have prevented it from ever flying. Also had a leg injury which alone would have been fine but with the broken wing would have made it such that it wouldn't have made it in the wild.

Darn dog... 2sadk
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 09:32:58 am »

Oh man, that is so sad :( In memory of the baby dove
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 10:20:30 am »

 cwy That's too bad but you did a great job in taking care of the wee one and giving him comfort! hugu
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 11:51:56 am »

so true mar!
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 01:37:15 pm »

They could have saved the bird and used it as a surrogate for baby birds as well as educational purposes.

If you are going to become an wildlife rehabber please adopt this as your mantra "Always err on the side of life." , A very good friend does rehab work, this is her mantra and she stresses this to all her volunteers and people she mentors.
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 02:50:58 pm »

Poor baby...but with that many injuries...he must have been in a great deal of pain.  sadbigeye I cant imagine any of my little guys being in that much pain... little muscles and ligaments and nerve endings all ...aww...too much for the little one.  cry  poor little guy...
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2012, 04:55:43 pm »

@ Sondra, I always err on the side of life. But in this case I also understand why they put the lil fella down. Even had they done surgery on him to try to repair things...he would have probably been in a good deal of discomfort tjr rest of his life.  Had I had my license already I would have kept him.  But, being that it is illegal and we couldn't have done anything for him...I don't know. My parents are mad that they euthanized him and said we should have just kept him. But we wouldn't have been able to get him vet care. He would have been confiscated and we would have gotten a huge fine as it is illegal to keep them. It still really sucks though.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2012, 05:38:56 pm »

I know you did the best you could for him.  hugu

If you live near Pa. there is a rehabber you should talk to, her name is Peggy and she and her hubby run a wonderful place. They take in all kinds of wildlife and are starting a school/teaching center. She has a lynx, all kinds of raptors/birds, deer, ....well you name it she's helped with it, even an emu.If you want I'll send you her website via PM.
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