More often than not, all it takes to help another being who’s happened to have impaired feet, like this cute little Northern Mockingbird, is just the will to do so in combination with creativity. You take some cardboard and tape, add a bit of creativity and come up with an awesome solution to fix it!
The good folks at the California Wildlife Center (CWC) came to the rescue of a mockingbird with a foot condition that made it difficult for the poor thing to walk around, perch or grasp objects. The birdie had an unknown injury that caused her feet to the knuckle, something that is a common condition in young birds.
Recently an injured mockingbird was rescued by California Wildlife Center
Credits: Lorraine Barbosa/California Wildlife Center
The rescuers made something that looks like tiny snowshoes. The design made sure the feet of the bird was back to the proper position and feet could heal. Before that the bird had to stand on the tops of her toes all the time, which was only causing additional injury. ‘It usually takes a week or two of wearing the snowshoes before their feet are back to normal.” – Duane Tom from CWC told The Dodo.
The sources confirm that the snowshoe operation has been a success. The birdie is getting ready to go back to the wild and delight us with her lullabies. Hooray!
“It usually takes a week or two of wearing the snowshoes before their feet are back to normal,” – said CWC veterinarian Duane Tom