||[Aug. 2nd, 2003|09:21 pm]
When I went to volunteer today, we got in a swallow with a bad leg. He/she had to be euthanized because it was impossible for it to stand. I felt really bad, but the swallow probably wouldn't have lived anyway. I'd guess that maybe one in six nestlings either die or have to be euthanized at the center, which I think is pretty good.
One amazing story is when a tiny house finch fell out of his nest (we later found out it was a he). A woman found him, left him outside for almost two days with no food, and finally brought him in when he turned blue. He hung on to life when everyone thought he had no chance, and grew up to be a beautiful little bird. He was released about a month ago :)
It's stories like this that keep me going. There's a lot of death in a wildlife center, but there is far more life.