an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Sydney and a vet at Sydney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

AT this time of year, vet­eri­nary clin­ics have an in­flux of clients pre­sent­ing baby birds they have found on the foot­path or in the gar­den.

No one likes to see a chick in dis­tress, but in many cases these chicks are best left near their par­ents.

Once they are taken to a vet­eri­nary clinic, the chances of re­unit­ing chicks with their par­ents are re­duced.

What should you do? If you find a chick, look for a nest, or con­cerned adult birds, nearby.

Chicks with­out feath­ers (nestlings) should be re­placed in the nest or very close by.

Those with feath­ers (fledglings) are of­ten found hop­ping on the ground as they learn to fly. As long as these birds are out of the way of com­pan­ion an­i­mals, such as dogs and cats, and away from traf­fic, they should be OK.

Re­gard­less, wildlife or­gan­i­sa­tion WIRES rec­om­mends ob­serv­ing chicks for about an hour to de­ter­mine whether the par­ents are tend­ing to them, ei­ther in the nest or on the ground. If they are, leave chicks be.

If not, call WIRES. If chicks ap­pear to have been in­jured, seek vet­eri­nary at­ten­tion or call WIRES im­me­di­ately on 1300 094 737.

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