Injured bird... help!
December 3, 2005 10:14 AM Subscribe
So I found a still-live bird trapped under the wheel of a car. It's now in my bathroom...
posted by You Should See the Other Guy to Pets & Animals (17 answers total)
The car seemed to be parked on the edge of the bird's left wing. It may have been there all night in the snow, I don't know. I managed to lift the car a bit and it pulled the wing out. However, it just flopped around. I thought it might be frozen so I put it in my bathtub and left it alone.
Now, I go in there and it's sitting upright, however it's head is upside down, like its neck is broken. But then it twists its head around as it flops and tries to re-orient itself for a second and then sits like that for a few minutes. Both its eyes are open and I can't see any punctures or damage to the bird. It can flap both wings. One of the feet is tucked up close to the body but it's intact.
It looks to me like the neck is broken but I've never heard of something living and moving all its parts with a broken neck. I don't want to put it back outside for fear it will freeze and die slowly. It can't fly and can't keep its head straight (keeps reverting to upside down).
What should I do? Should I just snap its neck? Should I leave it alone longer in the warm bathroom? I'm a vegetarian and animal lover so snapping its neck ain't gonna be easy but if it's just gonna die slowly than it seems more humane.
It's a pigeon, so the vet won't give a shit I'm sure.