what would you do if you found an animal hurt?

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  1. Takotsubo

    Takotsubo Well-Known Member



    at work today i found this bird . I'm a security guard and called in my office to tell i found this injured bird they said nope can't do anything about it. so i went to some nearby store ... that's in the complex i guard . told them if they can call someone like animal control they said yes . they never came . so there it was just slowly dieing . it's probably still dieing last time i checked it was still alive but just barely . so i have no idea what the hell to do with it. we put it in a box and tried to make it comfy. i was thinking about putting it out of its misery but no idea what was the most humane way to do it.

    what would you guys have done? there was some bathrooms near me so just flush it? the poor fuking thing kept getting out of its box and crawled to me.
  2. windywave

    windywave Well-Known Member

    are there any near by veterinary clinic or animal shelter? see if there are some listed on google map. make a phone call to an emergency veterinary clinic/hospital. they would be willing to help through phone.
  3. Takotsubo

    Takotsubo Well-Known Member

    wish i could of but i was working and literally had no idea what to do.
  4. windywave

    windywave Well-Known Member

    ahh.. if you could provide clean water and bird seeds, maybe it can recover on its own. idk, sorry
  5. Samara

    Samara Account Closed

    I would have done as others said, and gotten a hold of a veterinary clinic, and personally would have attempted to take it to one, regardless of my having to work. I also, would not have left it alone, or attempted to kill it. Something looks off with this bird, also, at first glance, it almost appears to me, to be a baby bird. The wings are rather short, and I almost mistook it for a baby hawk.

    But, I am not sure what kinds of birds are native to your region either, however, the beak is also very small. I would not say that the bird appears to be an adult, at first glance; but I could be wrong. That could be why it keeps coming back to you...

    EDIT: Also, as fragile as birds appear, I have seen many wild birds, that are missing entire legs, and feet etc... function just fine. I have no idea how the birds come to lose their limbs, or have such horrific looking injuries, but they appear to make it out alive. I saw such birds in Hawaii, which, I am saying, to also give the idea that birds are a bit more resilient than we think...

    Though I am not sure the age of the bird, and mentioned I believe it may be a baby, I also agree with the post above mine, that food could have been given and maybe some water. If you were unable to get specific bird seed, peanuts may have worked, or even a tiny bit of peanut butter put onto a toothpick and fed to the bird.

    If all else failed after that, a pet shop could have maybe helped, as they have frozen packaged worms, in small cubes, that I know of, because I used to have aquatic frogs. I know birds like worms, so that could have worked too, when warmed to room temperature, and again picked up on the end of a toothpick to feed this bird. Birds also eat other bugs, like moths, mosquitoes, small flies etc... so if any of those were just lying around your workplace, you could have put that onto a toothpick too and pushed it toward the bird.

    However if you were still unable to get any animal control or anybody, and also were unable to get food for this bird, or if the bird was not eating what it was given;and if after all of the above, if none of these things worked out at all, trying to get it into a clinic, or trying to feed it/nurture it etc... then the bird was sick beyond even basic care, and you at least then, helped it, and comforted it, until it could no longer live. I would just not assume instantly that it was miserable. This same bird is able to hop out of a box, and return to you... so it has some kick in it still.
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  6. TheLoneWolf

    TheLoneWolf Well-Known Member

    I've come across injured birds and such before... usually I just try to give them something to eat and build them a makeshift shelter where they can be comfortable and protected from predators. Not big on the whole putting an animal out of its misery thing... I agree that sometimes it is the right thing to do, but I don't like making that call, and I'd prefer to not be the one to do it. Like Samara says, I have seen some animals make extraordinary recoveries... like the wounded animals I tried to make comfortable - came back later to check on them and they were gone. Snatched up by a larger animal? Maybe... but my guess is that they recovered enough to fly (or run in the case of land animals) away.

    Back to the euthenasia idea... in most cases I prefer to let nature take its course, unless the animal is obviously suffering and I know it's not going to recover. I've had to put pets to sleep before, and it isn't easy. They usually do it by injection, which is supposed to be quick and humane, but the last time I had to put one of my cats to sleep, it was anything but quick or painless. Stupid vet didn't know what she was doing... you'd think that someone who does that sort of thing for a living would be able to properly give an injection, but obviously there are a lot of doctors and such out there that really don't give a damn about the comfort of their patients. In that case, it would have been better for me to have just broken the poor cat's neck to get it over and done with, rather than prolonging her suffering in the hands of an incompetent so-called professional.
  7. cult logic

    cult logic Staff Alumni

    The same things I always do when I find one save it or comfort it until it passes.
  8. bhawk

    bhawk Well-Known Member

    chances are that swift is as good as dead, they are unbelievably hard to hand-rear, i have only succesfully reared 2 in my life and i have been handed many over the years.

    As for it being a general question, if i find and injured animal i treat it as required, sometimes though it does mean killing the animal.
    In my line of work i get handed pretty much every animal that can be imagined. Luckily i have large stores of things like enrofloxacins, sporanox and anti-coccidiostats etc to treat most conditions i see, but sometimes it is definitely kinder to dispatch the animal.

    Dont take not of windywaves post (however the intent was good), that is an insectivore, it needs a specialised food for it to have any chance, it will also need feeding a lot!
    You can buy the mixes online if you wish to have a try.

    Best thing i can think of is putting it back where you found it, it looks nigh on hard-penned so it should be fine if left to its own devices.
  9. Dave_N

    Dave_N Banned Member

    I would probably just put it out of it's misery, instead of prolonging it's suffering. I know it sounds cold, but it's going to die anyhow.
  10. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    What makes you think it's dying? it's hurt, probably tired and hungry, I would take it to a vet first.

    I found a hurt cockatiel once, It was hiding in some bushes near a stream, my friend and I caught it, took it to the vets then I kept it as a pet. It made a full recovery and after a few months I gave it to my uncle as a present.
  11. Lionheart

    Lionheart Well-Known Member

    I woulden't know what to do? :i'm sorry:

    Maybe call whoever I could, other then that do whatever you could do maybe. I don't know?
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