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We immediately started the dehydrated, thin bird on fluids, and gave him a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory to try to treat the head trauma. For the next week, the bird struggled to maintain some kind of composure over his body. We started him on solid foods, and he had trouble getting his head into the bowl to eat. He also was terribly frightened and fought us with a surprising ferocity, perhaps because of his vulnerable, injured state.
Unfortunately, in more than a week’s time, the duck showed no signs of improvement. The staff agreed that the duck was suffering due to his condition. We made the difficult decision to euthanize the bird, feeling that his quality of life was too poor to continue treatment as no improvement was apparent. In the end, we felt he likely had irreversible brain damage, and would have never been able to return to the wild. Always a tough choice to make — but we feel we did the right thing.
Poor duck. Tough job. Sorry Meghan.
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