|My last afternoon in the hospital--can't wait to go home!|
I had actually temporarily stopped volunteering at Wild Bird Fund while I was busy with the show, but I had my two Hurricane Sandy birds at home. I found Sebastian the day after the hurricane; he was soaked through and freezing and he went unconscious right after I picked him up. I thought for sure I'd lost him, but a little time under a heat lamp and this miraculous little guy perked right up. Unfortunately, in addition to hypothermia he was suffering from pigeon paramyxovirus (a really nasty bird disease that causes head twisting, spinning, and other neurological symptoms). Many wildlife rehab centers are not equipped to rehab PMV birds and immediately put them down--the recovery time is long (if they recover at all), they are highly contagious to other birds during and after the illness, and they require flight space to repair the atrophy caused by the lengthy recovery time--but Sebastian was such a sweet little darling bird, not to mention he already rose from the dead once! I had the time and the space, so I gave the guy a chance.
|Robin the Angry Bird|
|Poor Sebastian couldn't stop twisting|
his head upside down
|Sebastian (behind) quickly made friends with the other birds|