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While being bitten by a cat is far from pleasant, it’s even more of a drag if you’re a bird. If you are a bird and a cat sinks its teeth into your feathered flesh, you are at risk of dying even from a tiny bite. Why? Well, there are bacteria in a cat’s saliva that are toxic to birds. So even a small bite can be lethal to our flying friends. Watch a video of this northern cardinal!
The cardinal’s splint remained on its leg for about 2 weeks before being removed. The bone was healing, but needed more time, so the splint was replaced. Finally, after 3 weeks, the splint was removed and the bone successfully healed. The bird is eating well and will soon be moved to our outdoor songbird aviary to build up muscle strength. Happily, this ruby red gem will likely return to his proper place in the wild.
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