Max with his doctor, Dr. Fitzgerald
Wow!, Time flies and we are late with our project update. Since our last update, we have taken in 14 new birds. I'd like to introduce you to three that have received veterinary care and are now healthy and enjoying life, all because of your support as Waterfowl Warriors on our team!
Max is a Runner hybrid that was turned in as a stray to the shelter. Volunteers were able to pick him up and get him to Medical Center For Birds for treatment. He was malnourished, exhibited balance problems, had bumblefoot, a wing injury, and dirty, crusty eyes. He was hospitalized for x-rays, blood work, and treatment. Thankfully, he did not have a neurologic condition as his balance has returned. He was treated for a parasitic condition, bumblefoot, and his weight began climbing up on good nutrition. Max pals around with his friend Ming Ming, a pekin duck.
Martinez, or Tina was another shelter bird. She is a Chinese goose and came from the Martinez Shelter in Antioch and the shelter veterinarian called us asking if we would take her due to an infection in her mouth and some tears in the skin of the jaw. Dr. Baden was able to clean out chuncks of debris from underneath her tongue and placed her on antibiotics. She was also malnourished because her injury wouldn't allow her to eat properly. She later received surgery to repair the tears in her lower jaw and lift her tongue back up in a more normal position. Tina has become friends with Emily here at the rescue and she is doing great. If left in the wild, she would have died from her condition.
Mel is a Chinese gander and was a victim of fish hooks. He had a fishing luer stuck in the corner of his mouth and a large treble hook stuck in the skin near his shoulder. A concerned woman from the park notified us and we met up with Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary to rescue him as well as a few other birds that were doing poorly. All of these birds had been abandoned by people who believe that dumping their pets at the lake is acceptable. It is not and we will continue to educate the public that dumping domestic ducks and geese in public areas is a death sentence. Mel was treated by our local veterinarian who sedated him and removed the hooks. He had a 10-day course of antibiotics and he enjoys running around with his buddy, Jackson, who was rescued from the same park.
We would like to give special mention to Sparky, a much loved goose from Los Medranos College pond. A volunteer got her to Medical Center For Birds but her condition was untreatable. Sparky was at least 18 years old and had quite the following of people who loved her.
We thank you for being a part of the #WaterfowlWarrior journey. We could not do this without you.
Mel and his buddy, Jackson #bestfriends
Sparky with his rescuer, Susan