Last weekend, she pounced out of nowhere on a rainbow lorrikeet - thankfully my husband and a band of teenage boys were also there and managed to grab the bird before the cat had done more than pounce. Now we have a slightly mangled still alive but obviously unwell bird on our hands - what do you do?
Here's what we did...
We found a box - popped an old towel in the bottom and place him (her?) in there and then covered the top with another old towel and placed the whole thing in the laundry so he could have some peace and quiet. I understand shock is what kills most cat attacked birds in the first instance. I propped him in an upright position with a couple of old tea towels - it just seemed like a logical thing to do - I've never seen a bird lie on its side in the wild - or in a cage for that matter.
The little fella survived the night but seemed to have only one leg that worked and couldn't stand up by itself. It was chirping a bit and gave the occasional fluff of the feathers. I held it very gently and offered some plain water from a tiny container and he drank some. He lost interest after five or six sips. I offered him water every fifteen to twenty minutes and he would take some more and then lose interest. I'm guessing they have pretty small bellies! I gave him some water with a bit a raw sugar in it as well on later water offerings and he seemed to like it. The vet said because he is a nectar eater that it was an ok thing to do but not to go overboard on the sugar. I dissolved one teaspoon of raw sugar in about two tablespoons of cold water.
I called a friend who is a wildlife carer and he said to take all cat attacked birds to the vet. Cats have bacteria in their mouths and can infect the little fellas who won't survive without antibiotics. I called the vet and discovered that in Brisbane at least (not sure about the rest of Australia) that if you find injured native wildlife and can get it to the vet - they will fix (or euthanase) it for free. There is no charge to take native animals to the vet. So if the cat gets a bird, pop it in a box and get it to the vet asap. Our is going to call us after the weekend and let us know how he is going!
We also have a wildlife ambulance in our area who probably would have come and got it and taken it to the vet if we couldn't.
|Kookaburra - really sharp beak. He is a meat eater. The blue on his wings tell me its a Queensland Kookaburra.|
|Male King Parrot (the girls are all green) Seed eater and capable of a decent nip.|
|Crimson Rosella ( the blue rosella is on the logo of Arnotts biscuits!) Again, a seed eater with a strong beak!|
|Pied Kurrawong (not a magpie) meat eater and pretty strong and agressive.|
Green-ness: Very, very green to save native animals - not so green to own the predators...
Frugal-ness: No cost but the petrol to the vet.
Time cost: Not a lot - as long as you have already caught the animal and your vet isn't far away otherwise it may take 1/2 the morning...
Skill level: None required except the one that stops you from getting bitten or scratched by a frightened animal... Use a towel to throw over the animal and scoop it up and keep it in the dark (but able to breathe!)
Fun -ness: Awesome - if it lives... Not so much if it doesn't - but at least you tried.