injured Koel

To: "'Alison and Peter'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: injured Koel
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:52:15 +1100
I'm having a bit of a guess that might make it a bit more difficult. My guess is that at this age it might still be familiar with eating insects, as the likely food that foster parents would bring it, rather than fruit. Although it might have already made the transition to fruit or started it. It may be even more injured than outwards signs would suggest. I'd suggest the RSPCA would have resources or contacts to asses and / or advise. (Years ago the Wildlife Foundation may have been the group to contact.)
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From: Alison and Peter [
Sent: Friday, 11 February 2011 8:23 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] injured Koel

A friend drew my attention to a Koel that had been attacked by a cat y'day.  It couldnt't fly amd seems to have an injured right leg. 
It's a juvenile, only recently fledged I would guess as it still has a noticeable gape.
With mixed feeling I picked it up and brought it home.  We managed to feed it some mushed up Apricot using a syringe but it hasn't eaten a lot and now seems to be having a hard time.  It can't stand-although it grisp a perch, and lays with one wing extended.
I know many people have strong feelings about not interfering with nature etc. but having intervened, what is the best thing we can do for the bird?
Many thanks,
Peter Miller


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