« Catapalooza a “Cat-tastic” Success | Main | PAWSwalk Team Shout Out! »

 

ANHU-112241-in-raptor-box 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.

PAWS relies on you to support our life saving work. PAWSwalk is this Saturday, and is a perfect opportunity to support PAWS and have a great time doing it! Visit www.PAWSwalk.net to find out more.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a0120a5ed5e54970b014e8b542969970d

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hummingbird Recovering After Cat Attack:

Comments

Kevin, thanks to you and all the Wildlife team for helping this precious little bird. I also appreciate the education -- I didn't know that tailfeathers grew back. I wish every person with an outdoor cat could see this blog post. Cats do very well inside, and anyone with a yard can build or buy an outdoor enclosure for their cats.

We have a similar case and would like to know what was the size of the enclosure where you kept the hummingbird while it was recovering?

Thanks,
Eduardo

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment