Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released!
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Great Blue Heron
Found at Lake Ki in Arlington. It was extremely thin and weak and unable to fly. We discovered in x-rays that the bird has ingested some kind of metal object - most likely a fishing lure. He is standing now and eating, and we will need to have the object removed. There is a bandage around one of his wings because he was dragging himself along the ground when he grew too weak to stand. Status - euthanized. Sadly, the wounds on the wing were already too far gone to heal properly. Necrotic tissue began eating away at the wing and there was no way this heron would survive and fly again.