On August 15, a woman in Seattle noticed that her outdoor cat was batting something around the yard. Upon closer inspection, she noticed that her cat's toy was moving, and she immediately confiscated it from him. It turned out to be a juvenile Anna's Hummingbird. The hummingbird was disoriented and badly battered but still holding on to life. The woman brought the tiny bird to PAWS Wildlife Center for care.
A wildlife rehabilitator at PAWS examined the hummingbird and found that she had some small cuts and abrasions. Her right wing drooped, but did not appear to be broken, and all of her tail feathers had been pulled out. Many birds survive attacks by domestic cats only to succumb a day or two later to infections caused by bacteria in the cat's saliva. The rehabilitator placed the hummingbird on antibiotics to prevent an infection from setting in.
The young hummingbird has responded well to her treatment so far. She completed her course of antibiotics and her wing no longer droops. She is now in an outdoor enclosure in which she is able to exercise her flight muscles. As you can see in the photo, she is still without her tail, but the hummingbird will be ready for release as soon as her feathers grow back in.
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