Latest Guest at Camp Nappy. Caring for ....
Mr. American Goldfinch.
I came home yesterday with a male Goldfinch. Sunday afternoon he had flown into a window and a very nice lady found the poor little guy fluttering around on the ground and brought him into her home. She brought him to me yesterday.
He has a severe concussion and has his neck twisted to the left so he's off-kilter and has difficulty righting himself. I gave him oxygen for a while as well as medication for the brain swelling. That has limited benefit now because of the 24 hour or so delay from impact and injury to seeking aid. For the best outcome ... they need to be seen as soon as possible but ... at least the lady did try!
Mr. Goldfinch is tucked into a baby blanket so he doesn't waste energy fluttering around to try to right himself and so he doesn't hurt himself. His neck is still twisted around but he is MUCH more alert this morning and it's easier to get his neck / head in the proper position. We didn't name him yet ... not sure of the outcome to this story.
He needs to be tube fed OFTEN. It's going to be a loooooong haul if he survives. Years ago we had a fledgling Starling who flew into a window. She was in a coma for about 3 days and very scrambled as well. Her name was Grace. I don't quite remember how long we had her but think it was 6-8 months before she was able to be released.
As long as Mr. Goldfinch keeps fighting ... so will we.
No photos have been taken of him. We don't want to frighten him or possibly trigger a seizure with the flash. As he gets better and stronger ... he'll have his photo shoot. Letcha know what the next chapter brings.