On January 31, a woman in Mountlake Terrace, WA discovered this Fox Sparrow being attacked by a cat in her yard. The bird was left with multiple puncture wounds and lacerations, and lost all of his tail feathers, but he was still clinging to life. The woman quickly brought him to the PAWS Wildlife Center for emergency care.
At PAWS, the wildlife rehabilitator on duty cleaned the sparrow’s wounds and administered fluids and other care to treat shock. She also started him on a course of antibiotics as cat bite victims are at very high risk of infection. The following day, the veterinary team anesthetized the sparrow to further evaluate the wounds and to suture those that required it. Fortunately, the bird managed to avoid any broken bones in the cat’s mouth. He responded well to treatment and remained bright and alert.
As of this writing, the Fox Sparrow has completed his antibiotic regimen and has been moved to an outdoor aviary cage. The accompanying photo shows him standing on a rope perch after taking a bath in a nearby water bowl. Although he still has some healing to do, and some feathers to grow in, we are hopeful he will make a full recovery.