Injured Woodcock – Peterborough
Can you spot this mysterious bird? This beautiful Woodcock was brought in to us after being found by a member of the public on the side of a public footpath. She had noticed that he was having trouble with his legs, and during his admission assessment, he was found to have not one, but two broken legs! These creatures are incredible to see up close, but due to their natural camouflage, they are a rare sight indeed!
Date: 19 February
With his admission complete, our welfare team soon had him settled in one of our outdoor enclosures in a ‘natural’ holding to minimise the stress of captivity. With his legs set and splinted, he was left to recover in peace and quiet away from our other inpatients with pain relief administered to keep him comfortable. When dealing with wildlife patients that have severe injuries, we try to keep the animals comfortable throughout their stay and ensure we provide the best chance possible at a successful release. With regular reviews throughout their stay, we are able to monitor their recovery to ensure they remain on track for release. Whilst some people will choose to euthanise an animal early on with similar injuries, we will always try to help the animal if we believe a successful outcome is achievable. In this case, the woodcock will be reviewed regularly and once all parties are happy, he will go one to be released back to the wild if he is deemed suitable!
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