My son and I found a baby goldfinch yesterday with one wing missing. It looks like it has just fledged and a cat perhaps got to it, though there is no blood or anything, it almost looks like the bird was born without a wing.
We called all the local vets and they said all they would do if brought in was to humanely euthanise the bird which we felt was extreme as actually it was quite alert and very much alive.
We have kept the bird in a box and fed it water with a paintbrush and also a mix of dog food paste with water which it is eating quite happily. We were half not expecting it to last the night but it is very much awake this morning and so we seem to have adopted a baby bird.
If we let it out in the wild it wouldn't last a second (so many cats round here).
Did we do the right thing? What do we do now?
In reply to Dave - CH:
I'm not of much good either with advice on goldfinch, or any wild creature care for that matter.
My guess if it had been born with only one wing, the harsh side of nature has kicked in and the youngster has been left to predation, and that could be why the vet suggested euthanasia as being the least painful step rather than left for predation.
That's the harsh reality of nature to keep strong blood lines.
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In reply to Mike B:
Michael B said:That's the harsh reality of nature
You're right Mike.
But then again, you and me are "nature" too. And so are Ben and Beth.
So, a tricky question to work out.
We have a cat that was born with a condition that, in the wild, would kill her.
She would have died at around 1 month old, when she moved to solids.
She's 5 and a bit now, because nature (in the shape of me, Mrs. Dave, and a few good vets) has made that possible.
Lots she can't do, and never will be able to do (we give thanks that she's a very poor hunter). Lots she can though. And she seems happy.
Absolutely, it is a tricky one Dave, many of us will have seen some animals manage to progress with the right support, just as we humans can and do.
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