Friday, February 27, 2009
WELL SHU IS HAPPY.......
It sure is cold here today. Nice and sunny, but windy and cold.
Tomorrow, some people are coming down from Salt Lake to help around the place with projects that need to be worked on. I hope the weather cooperates for them.
We took Shu to the vets office to see if he could possibly get his pins removed from his wing. It's 4 weeks earlier then the vet initially said he wanted them removed, but there are other considerations at this point that need to be addressed.
Shu is very aggressive and having to catch him every other day to clean the mew is getting dangerous. He's very large and has an attitude to match. He managed to grab Connie's face the other day with his beak. Thank goodness it wasn't any worse than it was.
The vet took an x-ray and decided they could be removed, so we're happy about that.
We moved him into the 8x8 mew. Now he can walk around and open his wings. The perches vary in the mew from a couple of feet to about 6+ feet. He has been on the taller perches as well, so this is good. There is a lot of calcification around the injury on that wing, but he has good movement at this point. Time will tell if he'll go back to the wild or not.
Ivy will be the next one to have pins removed. That's still a couple of weeks out, however.
I've still been calling the Zuni people to get Glory's situation resolved. I really need that flight for Shu. About the time Ivy get's her surgery, Shu will be ready to go into the flight to show us what he can do.
The pictures I've attached today have nothing to do with our current patients, but they were here in the past, needing our help, so I thought I'd share them with you. Next post I hope to have some pic's of Shu in his new digs!
Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.
Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.
used with permission by Arlene Powers