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Old 07-18-2008, 05:24 AM
 
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I personally just went though trying to locate a good bird rehabber in the Charlotte area. Through my research I found a list that may be helpful to others in my situation....I will post the web-site and if you find yourself with one of these helpless little critters, be it any kind of wildlife one of these people will surely be able to help. They are wonderful people who are there to help! It is a wonderful site. ncwildliferehab.org There is a list of phone numbers and the cities they are located in. If you need to find a rehabber closer to where you live they will help!
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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So funny you would mention this - was in my wrist therapy at OrthoCarolina Ballantyne this morning when the patients were telling about a bird who smacked himself against the window and was injured. My therapist scooped him up and took him to a rehabber over by the Arboretum, but sadly he did not make it. This lead to another story about a women who rehabbed bats and mice! Amazing to know there are folks who will commit themselves to 2 hour feedings for "baby" critters. I'm just happy for the folks at OrthoCarolina who are working hard to rehab my wrist.
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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Yes these rehabbers work many hard long hours and at their own expense! They do it because they care and love the animals. Some do turtles, birds, deer/fawn, and everything in-between! I have the utmost respect for these wonderful people. I use to work with the reahbbers when I lived in CA as a volunteer. They are here for a reason and that is to help. Please, if you find a wild injured animal or an abandoned baby don't try to keep it or help it by yourself. Chances are you won't be helping it at all. These people are trained and certified to do this kind of work. They know what they are doing. It is easier and smarter to contact one of these rehabbers and let them do what they do best!!
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:10 AM
 
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Oh my goodness, your post is so funny, it reminds me of something that happened a couple of years ago with a house I owned.

The chimney hadn't been capped, so every year aound late summer if I remember correctly, a bird would come roost in the top part and lay eggs. Every year, I would listen to the little baby birds as the hatched and then as they grew up, and then at a certain point weeks later they'd just be gone. It was loud, but I didn't really mind. I like animals.

The last year I was there, one of the baby birds fell down deeper into the chimney and sounded like he was right on top of my flue. And, wow! Was that loud, it sounded like he was being broadcast into the room with us, just chirping and chirping and chirping, crying for help.

Well, I was really worried about this little bird. I couldn't get him out, and I knew he'd die in there since there was no way he could fly out. I did leave him for awhile to see if he would be able to figure something out on him own, or if the momma would be able to get him out. But, no, nothing.

I called around to some wildlife specialists and you know I was a goner when a couple of them told me these birds fly to the amazon during the winner. I kept thinking, holy crap, I have something in my chimney who is capable of flying itself to the amazon and he is going to die in there if I don't pay to get him out.

So I did. The wildlife guy came and fished him out.

(And, yes, I do totally understand from all you naysayers and cynics that I could have been totally had. It was worth it.)
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:07 AM
 
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I had a similar thing happen but it was a kitten. A stray mama cat had had kittens in my attic and one of the kittens fell in a space between my fireplace and the wall all the way down to the floor level. I could hear it in the wall but had no idea how to get it out. We could look down while up in the attic and see it but the hole/space was quite small, a person could not get down it. I finally called the fire department and those wonderful guys came and cut a small hole in my kitchen wall (it was on the opposite side of my fireplace in the living room) and got it out---no charge. They spent over an hour making sure where the kitten was and found the best way possible to get the little guy out. The fix on my wall was a simple procedure and everyone was happy and healthy. Thank God for those who care!! I took them all a hugh basket of homemade cookies!
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:13 AM
 
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So funny you would mention this - was in my wrist therapy at OrthoCarolina Ballantyne this morning when the patients were telling about a bird who smacked himself against the window and was injured. My therapist scooped him up and took him to a rehabber over by the Arboretum, but sadly he did not make it. This lead to another story about a women who rehabbed bats and mice! Amazing to know there are folks who will commit themselves to 2 hour feedings for "baby" critters. I'm just happy for the folks at OrthoCarolina who are working hard to rehab my wrist.
OK I read your post way to early and adding my own thoughts.

I could swore the first time I read your post that bird smack the patient in the head ..

lord it time to run to the coffee house
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:14 AM
 
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Thanks I have found 3 small birds now that I guess didn't make the cut when trying to fly the first time. One was in my pool...He was determined but absolutely helpless.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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That's very common---especially Mockingbirds. They actually leap out of their nests before they can fly and mama bird follows them aroung trying to protect them as they hop on the ground usually under bushy areas. Mama continues to feed them and does her best to protect them until they are finally able to fly. This is when we often find them on the ground. If you don't have animals that may harm them it is best to see if the mother bird is around and leave them alone except, of course, like in your case it was in your pool. But, like in my case, you have cats in the area or dogs that may harm them that's when you put them in a shoe box or something similar and call a rehabber. Trying to feed them can be dangerous or fatal unless you know what you are doing. And what to feed different kinds of animals is extremly important. Spring and summer is always very busy with all the babies!!!
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:29 PM
 
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cynwldkat - i love that you went to that effort with the kitty, and that you have this concern about the birds. so many people just don't care anymore. it's really, really nice to hear from someone who does!
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Thanks....I sometimes feel it's a curse as well as a blessing! It does hurt when there are problems and to see the problems that do happen but I will admit, since being involved with working with wild animals and domestic animals as well--you'd be suprised at how many people really do care. I use to think just like you--everyone was in to big a hurry or just didn't care but there are a lot of people who do care and care a lot! It was a wonderful eye-opener! It always makes me feel good to find another animal lover! If many had any idea how hard some of the animal rescuers and rehabbers work--and as I already said---using money out of their own pockets--all for their love of animals--maybe more people would better understand people like us!!
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