Perhaps on his first attempted flight, the fledgling dropped to the ground hitting a tree branch with his right wing, breaking it. He was rescued by a Caye Caulker local who called Belize Bird Rescue. Had she not done so, cats, possums, coatimundi would have killed him in no time. He has been X-rayed and his wing is now wrappped. But he needs to be in our care for approximately three months before release when he can be reunited his family.
This project specifically helps this one Osprey. Luckily we know where his family nests so upon his full recovery, we can release him there. He is healthy other than the broken wing. He eats well and is putting on weight. But due to his injury he will need to be cared for, for at least another month or so. He will be given a vet check up and flown to San Pedro to reunite with his family.
We currently have a larger fund request to help run the Belize Bird Rescue center as it is constantly growing as we are the only such organization in the country. This microproject is designed for 'Ra' the Osprey, and Ra alone. Funds requested are for medical care, transposition, feeding and caring for him to full recovery and rehabilitating him to be released to the wild.
BBR gives confiscated birds the chance for freedom, making enforcing the law less controversial for the Government. Historically, birds would have gone to the zoo, been euthanized, or more likely the practice of catching and caging wild birds would continue to be ignored and condoned. Tourism is crucial to Belize's economy. The abundance of highly visible and photogenic wild birds delights tourists and contributes to the success of the country's many resorts and thriving tour-guiding industry.