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A fledgling American robin had a rough start and end to life, landing in an open container of motor oil during what must have been one of the first (and last) flights of his life. Although we tried washing the oil off the bird, the young robin died within a few days. The bird, who came in weak and drenched in oil, likely ingested the oil orally and through his skin, leading to his early death.
Cases like this, the great-horned owl we are caring for, and the recent gull patient remind us all what a tremendous effect humans have on the lives and well-being of wildlife. While death is part of nature, many deaths are a direct result of careless human action. A robin getting attacked by a wild cooper’s hawk, for example, is part of nature. A robin dying from landing in an open container of motor oil, however, is not natural. It is important for us all to think about how what we do and how we live affect the living creatures around us.
Very sad … and irritating. It must be tough dealing with these types of cases. Thank you Meghan and everyone at VINS for the important work you do.
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