This morning I was due to meet Louise (another Pigeon rescuer) to visit Carshalton Ponds and look for injured Pidges. There are several that have been spotted with twine and string around their feet and we were intending to attempt to catch the worst of them. As it was raining first thing, we decided to leave it a couple of hours and review the situation. By 11am the skies had cleared and we headed to the ponds. As we were passing under the bridge at Carshalton station, we spotted a small black shape on the pavement and both thought it was not a Pidge. Suddenly it moved and I got Louise to stop the car. I ran back and there was a juvenile Pidge face down on the pavement. By face down, I mean neck twisted through 180 degrees and head tucked under the body and under one leg. Had it not moved as we drove past, we might not have stopped. The Pidge was far too young to be out of the nest and the PMV most likely caused it to fall out. The Pidge was very thin and wet but had strength enough to struggle. I placed her in the pet carrier and we contacted Sarah to see if she had room for one more Pidge. As luck had it, she did. We drove to Wallington and dropped off the little Pidge. Another case of right place, right time, especially as we failed to get any of the Carshalton Ponds birds. I named the Pidge 'Angel'. Sarah says Angel has been trying to eat but its hard to tell how successful she has been as PMV Pidges make a lot of mess with their food due to lack of co-ordination.
We just have to wait now and hope that tlc gets Angel through this. There are no meds for this viral condition, so please keep your fingers crossed for little Angel.
See what I mean about the mess? At least she's trying to eat.
A Christmas miracle delivered to her by her very own Santa Claus. Monkeycheese, you're amazing!
Completely different species I know, but this was pretty much the position of her head and neck when I found Angel. Rather than standing, she was face down on the pavement, poor baby.
Good luck little Angel pidge and well spotted Paul, hopefully she will recover, fingers crossed.
Thanks Hazel. Sarah will keep me updated.
Aw poor little Angel, I do hope that she recovers. Another rescue from the Pidge Rescuer, well done.
Nice one MC. hope she recovers and gets back to the wild. No idea how our Cormorant got on, just hope for the best I suppose.
Angel made it through the night and is doing well.
You were lucky to have spotted her Paul, hope Angel pulls through.
Angel looks to be a little fighter, so hopefully a good result will ensue
Angel weighed 254g yesterday. Today she is 318g. 'Little Fatty' as Sarah calls her! I think that's all through self feeding rather than being syringe fed. There's a long way to go yet, but this is a good start to her recovery. Thank you everyone for your positive comments.
monkeycheeseAngel weighed 254g yesterday. Today she is 318g. 'Little Fatty' as Sarah calls her!
At that rate it will it not be long before she becomes Big Fatty, sorry Angel, keep eating!
The weight gain is a real plus, but with PMV you never know if there will be lasting neurological issues. Angel is less than a month old and I don't know if age might be a factor. I'll ask Sarah. We're off to a good start. Keep your fingers crossed for her.
Just catching up with this little Angel, she is doing better than I thought after reading your first account MC, hopefully she will continue to gain weight and recover, well done being there for her once more.