Grounded Swift

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If you find a grounded Swift

If you find a grounded Swift ….Wildlife casualties are usually found by public. Their welfare depends on general awareness of the correct action to be taken when we find a wild animal in need of assistance. The correct action and where to seek further information and assistance is essential. Wild casualties require specialized treatment and really specific diets to help them recover from injuries or to be hand-reared to develop into healthy adults. If we are indeed in recover those wild casualties, the success depends on a professional knowledge on rehabilitation as on the biology of the species.A casualty may present a challenging range of clinical problems, from handling, housing or feeding to those of diagnose and treatment. Rehabilitation should be left on professionals hands, so do not attempt to care for or hand-rear wildlife yourself. In addition wildlife is often protected by special laws that make it illegal to possess a wild animal. Up to the country where we live or we found a wildlife casualty, professional wildlife rehabilitation may be on hands of rehabilitation centres run by the government, by NGOs, by charities, by licenced privates or by all of them. We are fully aware that many centres still use wrong diets when feeding insectivore species. We know that swifts are aerial feeders and consume a huge diversity of invertebrate species. There are various reasons, usually hard to understand, why these wildlife rehabilitation centres are using non-insect based diets. It is proved that these inappropriate diets may jeopardise not only the survival during the hand-rearing process or rehabilitation, but also survival once the bird is introduced back into the wild. It does not make any sense that still many of those involved professionally in wildlife rehabilitation continue to use these wrong diets when the harm outcome is known, even published. MAINTENANCE AND TRANSPORTATIONWhen a swift is found on the ground, almost always there is a cause related that requires professional intervention.Even though, some adults or fledglings may land on the ground accidentally because a bad manoeuvre due to a complex situation of the nest, a strong gust of wind, etc. A healthy swift may take off from ground if enough leeway.NEVER launch a swift into the air to help it fly! A fall could cause irreparable damage to the bird. Even though we may presume that the bird is perfectly fine because is an active adult or a grown up fledgling. In that case it worth trying placing the bird on the palm of our hand and if the bird is fine it will take off without hesitation. Please assure you do so in an open, secure and ground level area. If you have the minimum concern, let the professionals decide.The time until the swift reaches a rehabilitation centre or a carer may be critical and it is a matter of importance to keep the bird controlled and if possible provide the first aids.BOX: Place the bird in small dark box (shoes type) with air holes and non-slip floor. Absorbent kitchen paper or a towel make the place more comfortable and avoid feather dirtiness with excrements. NEVER in a bird-cage as the bars may damage the feathers.Controlled HEAT: KEEP THE BIRD WARM. The bird can be hypothermic (cold body) thus the box should be kept near a heat focus, like a reptile heat mat below the box, leaving a temperature gradient or a hot wàter bag or bottle securely apart from the bird (see the vídeo). Do not place the box on the sun. Controlled HIDRATION: Most cases birds show some level of dehydration which could be mild or extreme. Provide some drops of water (sugar water or isotonic drink) round its beak with some cloth or cotton, evere few hours until the bird is transported to a professional carer. Do NOT provide any liquid or food if the bird is shocked or convulsive. Be careful when providing the water (always just drops on the beak comisure. A wrong administration may reach the respiratory tract causing pneumonia and even death.Procure FOOD: If the bird will be transported shortly do not provide any food – Water or sugary water will maintain the bird for some hours. On the opposite, providing adequate food could be convenient. Even though, do not provide any food even the chick is begging until is not over the hypodermic condition (having a warm body). In most pet-shops insects for reptiles can be found or catching them on the field (Crickets, mealworms, flies, spiders, grasshoppers, silk warms). DO NOT PROVIDE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FOOD, YOU CAN JEOPARDIZE THE BIRD SURVIVAL.YOU CAN CONTACT US IN CASE YOU DO NOT KNOW A PROFESSIONAL OR REHABILITATION CENTRE THAT CAN TAKE CARE OF THE CASUALTITY

Gepostet von Falciot Vencejo Swift Rehabilitation am Freitag, 20. Juli 2018


Wildlife casualties are usually found by public. Their welfare depends on general awareness of the correct action to be taken when we find a wild animal in need of assistance. The correct action and where to seek further information and assistance is essential

Wild casualties require specialized treatment and really specific diets to help them recover from injuries or to be hand-reared to develop into healthy adults. If we are indeed in recover those wild casualties, the success depends on a professional knowledge on rehabilitation as on the biology of the species.

A casualty may present a challenging range of clinical problems, from handling, housing or feeding to those of diagnose and treatment. Rehabilitation should be left on professionals hands, so do not attempt to care for or hand-rear wildlife yourself. In addition wildlife is often protected by special laws that make it illegal to possess a wild animal.

Up to the country where we live or we found a wildlife casualty, professional wildlife rehabilitation may be on hands of rehabilitation centres run by the government, by NGOs, by charities, by licensed privates or by all of them.

We are fully aware that many centres still use wrong diets when feeding insectivore species. We know that swifts are aerial feeders and consume a huge diversity of invertebrate species. There are various reasons, usually hard to understand, why these wildlife rehabilitation centres are using non-insect based diets. It is proved that these inappropriate diets may jeopardise not only the survival during the hand-rearing process or rehabilitation, but also survival once the bird is introduced back into the wild. It does not make any sense that still many of those involved professionally in wildlife rehabilitation continue to use these wrong diets when the harm outcome is known, even published.

MAINTENANCE AND TRANSPORTATION

When a swift is found on the ground, almost always there is a cause related that requires professional intervention.

Even though, some adults or fledglings may land on the ground accidentally because a bad manoeuvre due to a complex situation of the nest, a strong gust of wind, etc. A healthy swift may take off from ground if enough leeway.

NEVER launch a swift into the air to help it fly! A fall could cause irreparable damage to the bird

Even though we may presume that the bird is perfectly fine because is an active adult or a grown up fledgling. In that case it worth trying placing the bird on the palm of our hand and if the bird is fine it will take off without hesitation. Please assure you do so in an open, secure and ground level area. If you have the minimum concern, let the professionals decide.

The time until the swift reaches a rehabilitation centre or a carer may be critical and it is a matter of importance to keep the bird controlled and if possible provide the first aids.

BOX: Place the bird in small dark box (shoes type) with air holes and non-slip floor. Absorbent kitchen paper or a towel make the place more comfortable and avoid feather dirtiness with excrements.

NEVER in a bird-cage as the bars may damage the feathers

Controlled HEAT: KEEP THE BIRD WARM. The bird can be hypothermic (cold body) thus the box should be kept near a heat focus, like a reptile heat mat below the box, leaving a temperature gradient or a hot wàter bag or bottle securely apart from the bird (see the vídeo). Do not place the box on the sun.

Controlled HYDRATION: Most cases birds show some level of dehydration which could be mild or extreme. Provide some drops of water (sugar water or isotonic drink) round its beak with some cloth or cotton, every few hours until the bird is transported to a professional carer. Do NOT provide any liquid or food if the bird is shocked or convulsive. Be careful when providing the water (always just drops on the beak comisure. A wrong administration may reach the respiratory tract causing pneumonia and even death.

FOOD: If the bird will be transported shortly do not provide any food – Water or sugary water will maintain the bird for some hours. On the opposite, providing adequate food could be convenient. Even though, do not provide any food even the chick is begging until is not over the hypodermic condition (having a warm body). In most pet-shops insects for reptiles can be found or catching them on the field (Crickets, mealworms, flies, spiders, grasshoppers, silk warms). DO NOT PROVIDE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FOOD, YOU CAN JEOPARDIZE THE BIRD SURVIVAL.

YOU CAN CONTACT US IN CASE YOU DO NOT KNOW A PROFESSIONAL OR REHABILITATION CENTRE THAT CAN TAKE CARE OF THE CASUALTY.