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February 17, 2011

Duck Doing Well After Treatment for a Belly Full of Lead

A male mallard is in recovery this week after the successful removal of BB pellets from his stomach by International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) staff.

The drake arrived in late January at IBRRC’s Southern California center, and was not able to stand or walk. He was very dehydrated, had poor blood values, and was clearly in distress

When he was x-rayed, IBRRC staff discovered approximately 30 BBs in his stomach.

On February 1, staff members anesthetized the mallard and flushed out the pellets, using warm water and gavage tubing. Two days later he was able to stand again, and began recovery in Bird Rescue’s warm water hospital pools.

He is improving each day.

IBRRC has been saving aquatic birds around the world since 1971, and is a world leader in emergency response, rehabilitation, research and education. Its team of specialists has led oiled wildlife rescue efforts in over 200 oil spills in 11 States, two U.S. territories, and 7 different countries. Bird rescue is equally proud of the care it provides to the 5,000 injured, hungry, or orphaned birds that come into its centers each year. It is committed to ensuring that every bird impacted by changes to their environment is given hope to survive and thrive.

November 9, 2009

The sights and sounds of a wildlife hospital

It’s been a busy few weeks here at IBRRC and we forgot to post this really great video produced by Jean Shirley, one of our super volunteers in Northern California. She captures the sights and sounds of a busy wildlife hospital during our crunch time when we had 480 birds in treatment from the toxic algae event.

The bird center has calmed down a bit since this was videotaped, but volunteers are still working with the algae birds. So far 245 have been released back to the wild.

Read more about our Pacific Northwest Sea Foam response