The absolutely great news is that the gunshot Mississippi kite will NOT require surgery— as I’d hoped, once the infection was treated and the swelling went down, the bones are nearly perfectly aligned. Vet Jim Hobby of Smalley’s Animal Hospital was as excited as I was upon seeing last week’s x-ray! The caveat is that because of the position of the pellet, removing it would do more damage than good…We’ll play it by ear; he’ll go back for follow-up visits and x-rays until there’s a nice callus forming, and then we’ll go from there.
When the birds came in, they were tiny little quail. I was pretty sure the leg fracture was fatal but ran the bird to Smalley’s to confirm. What I hadn’t noticed in my haste to have vet Peggy Hobby examine him was that the leg was broken at both the hip and ankle—open fracture at the ankle. In other words, this little guy was a goner.
The world’s messiest possum finally got big enough for release. He didn’t care; possums are so clueless…I, on the other hand, was delighted to be relieved permanently of daily wash-up duties. In the video below, you can see he was still pretty messy when he was released. Watch for that huge yawn that shows just how concerned he was…I released him in an area with plenty of grubs, etc., on the ground, which you can see he’s chasing every which way!