My eyes were drawn first to a quick movement just outside our door, then to the unmistakeable, pounce of a cat onto it’s prey.
Usually, this sequence of events leads to an unsuspecting lizard meeting his maker and there isn’t much that can be done. But today was different.
When I rounded the corner to investigate, I found a small bird, obviously injured, about to meet his end by the razor sharp, claws and teeth of our cat, Figsy. I don’t scold our animals for doing what comes naturally to them, so I swooped Figsy up and set her inside to allow me to assess the injuries that had already been sustained.
I didn’t find any wounds that looked mortal, although there are some pretty gnarly cuts along it’s back(not sure of the sex).
Needless to say, there was never a question of whether or not I was going to help this bird get better and back in the wild if I could. Google is always my best friend in this sort of situation, “Emergency vet care” led me to http://www.animalerpasco.com/ which happened to be closing, but they were able to put me in touch with a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary who is on her way to pick up “star”(name courtesy of the little lady)
Star is resting, comfortably, in a quiet, dark closet until they arrive. It’s breathing has become much calmer and less labored which gives me hope they a full recovery is in our future. Hopefully, the rehab people will be able to keep me updated with our little tweeter’s progress!