|The Bird That Bumped Into The Window - [19 April 2005 17:53]|
WILD BIRD RESCUE
Far left: A Laughing Dove (Stigmatopelia senegalensis) showing eye injury after collision with a window.
Left: The same dove after receiving treatment and recovering.
This injury is frequently encountered by the general public. Windows, particularly large picture windows, often act as mirrors. They reflect the garden, appearing to birds as a continuation of the space in which they are flying, with often-tragic results! Try to obscure large areas of glass to make them invisible to birds.
DO NOT release a ‘crash victim’ within minutes or even hours of picking it up. Simply because it can fly doesn’t mean it is perfectly alright. Birds are past masters at concealing their injuries. They have to be, or every predator would be on them within minutes.
Possible, initially invisible to the naked eye, injuries as a result of a collision could be:
EMERGENCY FIRST AID TREATMENT
By Gordon M Animal Talk March 1999
By Gordon M
Animal Talk March 1999
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