Being welcomed home by a tiny, soaked, bedraggled and thoroughly exhausted bird sitting on your doorstep is not something anyone would expect. But it’s exactly what happened to a resident at Wangi Wangi. She took the waif in and rang the NATF Rescue number and I took this gorgeous little bird into care.
The first priority was to get it dry and warm, followed by rehydration with energy giving fluid and lastly food. Initially food held no interest, sleep was its top priority. The warmth and rest was all it needed. Within a few hours it was up, flying and hopping about and happily eating the delicious mealworms, tiny insects and minute special mixture meat balls offered.
Not often are rehabilitations this easy – back to normal within a few hours. The only thing that kept it in care for a few days was the weather. As soon as the weather conditions changed I returned to the address I collected it from, opened the lid of the basket and off it flew. It flew in a couple of large circles above me and then disappeared into its bushy home.
The joy I feel every time I return a bird to the wild, knowing I’m giving it another chance at life is why I am a bird rehabilitator.