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Meet Meeko!

Well, today I got my wish.
A lady posted on Craigslist that she found a young starling.
It had been attacked by crows and clearly needing help.
I met up with her, and it was clear the lady could not care for her,
she was on a powerchair, and with four cats. I managed to convince her to let me take the Starling off her hands.

Before anyone jumps on me, It is legal in Canada to keep Starlings as pets, because they are on the invasive animal list, meaning, you can kill them, catch them, do whatever you want with them as long as you are getting rid of the wild population somehow, not adding to it.

Well according to pictures I found on the net, Meeko should be about 20 days old, and learning to fly, well at least she was until the crows pulled out her wing feathers on one side. Other than that, I only found a small peck wound on her left wing. Some bruising on the right wing bow, but nothing serious.

Well Meeko is as curious as ever, she probes her long beak into everything, looking for amusement. She had a bath in the tub when I wiggled my hand in the shallow water beside her, and now she is sound asleep after a full belly of catfood, and a few little mealworms (not really good for them, but she had to eat something right..)

She's already thoroughly explored my cupboards, and my hands by probing. She's separate from my birds until I keep a good eye on her to make sure she has no disease.

Andrew and I were waiting for someone to find one that needed help, because snatching them from the nest is illegal. We have researched care on them quite a bit, and always wanted one. I also joined the Starling Talk forum to get help if I need it with Meeko.

Anyway, here are pictures of Meeko

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It's great you have taken him in. He's absolutely adorable

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She was so cute she fell asleep with her head under her wing, sleeping on my chest while watching tv.



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Meeko passed away in the night, I was thinking she was alert and bright, but sometimes things just happen I guess ....



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Oh no that is so sad

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Well in between sometimes, she would look a little off, I wonder if the crows hammered her in a place we couldnt see and it caused something... I dunno



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It happens in wildlife rehab... but her future looked so promising, she was bright and active when I put her to bed in her kennel.



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It happens in wildlife rehab... but her future looked so promising, she was bright and active when I put her to bed in her kennel.
Yeah, I've cared for quite a few wild birds too and they always seem to die so easily, its heartbreaking.
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Whats worse is the lady called me back asking her about how shes doing, and I had to tell her she died, and shes pretty much blaming me, saying she should have taken her to a clinic, we fed her too much, the people at some vet called her saying we shouldnt feed it, yada yada yada. I tried explaining to her, sometimes they JUST DIE. It happens, the bird was attacked by crows, she probably got hit somewhere we couldnt see, or the stress of the attack could have killed her also. Birds dont take stress very easily when injured



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Man that stinks, peoples ignorant remarks always make me mad. Its a wonder she survived as long as she did given the conditions. Usually with wild birds once they fall from the nest alone is enough to kill them, much less anything else. Taking her somewhere else wouldn't have mattered. The only ones I ever had much sucess woth was the piegons, all the others usually didn't make it, no matter what. Crows are
vicious birds too, I've seen attack piegons and ripped there heads off .
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People I find like to think rehabbers and vets are some kind of miracle workers. The sad thing is that about 45-50 percent of birds survive, if you are lucky enough to get that number. Also when people do silly things like let their cats look in the carrier, that doesnt help either....



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Crows are actually pretty good at hunting. I've seen a crow catch a magpie and eat it. They're nasty when they want to be. I can't believe that lady is blaming you! Shouldn't she be grateful that somebody took it on and tried their best for it? Sigh.

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Seems to think so anyway, but I did find a wound post mortem that could have been another reason. The crows tore the skin on the left side of her neck, about a quarter sized hole. No bleeding, but still enough to probably kill the bird just from shock and stress (and oh yeah, that comment I made about the cats, was true, she let the cats look in the carrier, and smell the bird in her hands... )



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That's insane. My hawks aviary is next to my others and the other birds can't see him but when I bring him out I have to run past the other aviaries because the birds around me (especially the cockatiels) go crazy! They crash into everything and scream their heads off. I can only imagine how that poor bub must of felt!

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I remember having KC (my severe) once out in the room on her stand, and she saw a plane out the window and started screaming as loud as she could her alarm calls. At first I was like what the heck is she looking at? And I see her cocking her head, and looking at the sky, and I saw the plane. Just a reminder how wild our birds still are eh?

And yes I know, I've seen people do all kinds of crazy things in rehab eh? We had a nest of 4 VERY sick little house finches all with bad diarrhea, and I asked the guy what hed been giving them, he responded with " Oh a mix of milk and nuts." I was like 0__0 *facepalm* No wonder the poor dudes were so sick...



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