Great news about Mr. Cardinal!
We went to the avian specialist earlier in the week to check the Cardinal's eyes and make sure no glaucoma was present. The Cardinal has put on good weight and has very good muscle mass and seems in excellent condition.
Best news is he can see! There was a partially detached retina and lots of fibrin strands and clots in his eye about 3 months ago when the ophthalmologist had said he is "blind in his left eye and the retina is shredded." His left eye looks and reacts identically to the right eye!
Both the avian vet and ophthalmologist said they have never seen such a complete recovery from so severe trauma. :-)
He is releasable with their blessings. Ooooooooooooooooo! This was such unexpected great news!
To say I was stunned at the news of the eye being healed is an understatement! I am not an ophthalmologist but when I heard her say the Cardinal's "retina is shredded" and there was no hope for improvement ... well we just care for him as we do our other birds with their special needs.
We *thought* maybe he could see from the left eye but he moves so fast and is always turning it was hard to really say. I went to another ophthalmologist to verify his eyes are both OK ... and yes they are! Amazing! I wonder if the diagnosis of "shredded retina" was a mistake due to a lot of debris and fibrin within the eye? Whatever the case he can go free now! :-)
Of course there are the dangers of Nature out there and I will forever worry about him but he needs to go and carry on as he was meant to do.
And so ......... This is more of a Camp Nappy Birdy Refugee Camp Bed and Breakfast moment of a lifetime .....
Prisoner #113 ...
...Step foreword, please. We have reviewed your extensive record and made note of your progress to improve yourself. In the five months that you have been incarcerated your behaviour has been a shining example to the other inmates. Even during the unfortunate ~tail feather incident~ you managed to maintain your composure and dignity while wearing your brilliant red jumpsuit with pointy cap.
In spite of your imprisonment and life sentence without parole, your attitude during captivity has been an inspiration and delight to all. Earlier in the week you met with three distinguished members of the Parole Board and it was the unanimous conclusion of the panel that you have made extraordinary strides to rehabilitate yourself and are no longer at risk to do yourself harm. It is the recommendation of all involved with your case, and the Warden has signed the paperwork, that society will benefit from your song and your future generations.
Today is YOUR Independence Day. As of this moment you are no longer Prisoner #113 but rather Mr. Cardinal. Born to be wild and to the wild you shall return....
......And with that proclamation (which Mike wrote) Mr. Cardinal got a kiss on the head from us. After the kiss I opened my hands and Mr. Cardinal flew to the crabapple tree. No band. No parade. Just a little "Cheep!" from Mr. Cardinal as I wiped tears of joy, worry and a touch of selfish sadness, from my eyes. The feeders are full of seeds. The water sources brimming with fresh water. Seeds were scattered over the patio in anticipation of Mr. Cardinal's flight to freedom. We retreated inside and he is in the tree looking over the garden. Awwww. As I'm trying to post this Mike say's that he is singing in the tree with tail fully intact! (More tears of happiness on this keyboard!) God speed Mr. Cardinal.
Live long, stay safe and prosper, Mr. Cardinal.
Thank you for the true privilege of meeting you, Mr.Cardinal.