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We found a White crowned sparrow that appears to have an

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We found a White crowned sparrow that appears to have an injured wing. The bird otherwise looks healthy and can become a little airborne with a lot of effort. My guess would be that it may have a fracture in one of its wings because it looks a little ungainly. Is there something I can do for this poor creature that would make sense?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the sparrow?
Customer: It is unable to retain its position on the branch when we placed it in a tree. It's obviously scared but I cannot discern what a specific injury might be.
JA: Where does the sparrow seem to hurt?
Customer: It isn't easy to examine. It's upright in the ventilated box we have it in, it has lost some feathers but is calm now that it feels safe in the box.
JA: OK. No obvious pain. Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: The wings are in the normal position when the bird is at rest. Earlier, when it was agitated, after falling out of a tree, one of the wings appeared to be injured, but that certainly is not obvious now. My reluctance is to free the Bird since I know that it will be easily victimized by another animal.
JA: Is the sparrow eating normally?
Customer: We have not tried to feed the sparrow yet.
JA: What is the sparrow's name and age?
Customer: This is a wild sparrow. It appears to be a young adult.
JA: What is the sparrow's name?
Customer: It is an unnamed wild sparrow.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the sparrow?
Customer: No.

Hi. I’m Dr. Denise, a licensed veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment while I review your concerns.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you.

My best recommendation would be to find a wildlife rehab in your area to care for your injured sparrow.

Where do you live?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Henderson, Nevada. I tried online to find a location for a rehab facility that might be open today unsuccessfully.

I have searched as well with minimal success. It seems at this point you have a choice to hold onto your sparrow until you might be able to find a rehab facility on Tuesday, or release him/her back into the wild and allow nature to take its course.

Unfortunately, there are no over the counter medications or therapies I can recommend for your sparrow.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you very much Dr. Cudiamat. I'm on my way to pick up some mealworms to feed overnight. Best wishes.

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