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Just witnessed a bluebird fighting with sparrows. It took away

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Just witnessed a bluebird fighting with sparrows. It took away a baby bird. When I picked up a baby bird his eye was missing and bleeding. What should I do to save his life?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.
Now this is a terrible side of nature that is not so uncommon. In this situation, if this little one has been so damaged and is likely in shock after losing an eye, we do need to appreciate that its prognosis for recovery and survival is quite guarded.
Therefore, the kindest thing you can to help this little one would be to take it to your local vet. They will be able to assess if there is hope, treat him and be able to directly turn him over to a rehabilitation centre (often the vets will have a relationship with the local rehab centre and sometimes are able to get them in even if the facility isn't accepting birds from the public).
Otherwise, you could consider contacting the local rehabilitation centers yourself (as they will have their own vet support measures in place). In this case, you can find them via:
*Wildlife International (http://www.wildlifeinternational.org/EN/public/emergency/emergencyrehab.html),
*US Wildlife Rehabilitation (http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/wildlife/rehabilitators/directory-us.html),
*Wildlife Rehabbers (http://wildliferehabber.com/rehabber-search), or
*Wildlife Sanctuaries (http://www.greenpeople.org/sanctuary.htm)
These rehabilitators will be best prepared to get help for this bird and also will have the permits required to care for wildlife (since in some areas it is against the law to keep wild birds in captivity without a permit).
While you are sorting care for him, the best thing to do at the moment is take them in (as you have) place them in a warm (86-90 degrees F), secluded, dimly lit environment and give him some time to calm. If there is active bleeding, you will need to apply pressure or use a a bit of corn starch or flour to aid clotting. Though be warned that if he is shocked, we don't want to push him over the edge with too much handling (so take care).
Overall, this is a terrible situation for this poor little one. With such damage his chance of survival is going to be very poor. So, the best thing we can do to give him any chance is to use the above options to see if he can be saved.
Please take care,
Dr. B.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.

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