Happy Holidays from Mickaboo's foster flock to you and yours! Together we accomplished wonderful things in 2012, ranging from winning GlobalGiving's Photo Contest (thus giving bird rescue higher visibility) to earning a Great Nonprofits' "Top-rated Nonprofit " award to (most importantly) rescuing ~300 companion birds!
Many of these rescues are rather ordinary. Some are extraordinary - like Mai Tai (pictured).
Mai Tai, a Goffin’s cockatoo, came to Mickaboo in mid-November. She had deep wounds in her front and back. Our vet said she had never seen a bird so deformed from mutilation and scar tissue. X-rays showed multiple past untreated fractures of her wings and legs. She was also suffering from a crushed thorax—she stopped breathing momentarily during the x-ray, as any form of stress simply exhausted her. The muscle in her frozen leg was black, although she has limited use of her toes.
Despite all she had been through in her life, Mai Tai had not given up on herself, and we refused to give up on her either.
Once stabilized, one of our special-needs foster homes took Mai Tai home. Mai Tai requires a lot of care and attention, with pain medicine, oxygen, and every-other-day bandage changes and wound care. Mai Tai's veterinary bill is over $1,000, and will no doubt grow. Consider donating for her care, and that of our other foster birds, as part of your year-end giving. Whether it's a little or a lot, your donation, combined with others, makes a real difference to our ability to help our birds.
To learn more about our foster flock - they'd love to go home with you! - go to our online bird listing. Want to learn more about bird care? Our reading room has several articles about bird behavior, safe and nonsafe plants and foods, and more!
Thank you again for your generosity, and enabling Mickaboo to continue its mission on behalf of our feathered friends! Season's Greetings to you and yours!