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December 23, 2008

With arrow gone, "Pinky" the turkey back to wild

Good news for Pinky the young male wild turkey who had an arrow lodged in its flank for six weeks: It was caught on Friday, treated and released this weekend in Castro Valley.

Rebecca Dmytryk,of WildRescue with her husband Duane Titus should be credited for their determination in capturing the bird. Over the weekend the arrow was removed at IBRRC’s bird center and today the turkey was released back to the same area it was trapped, at Don Castro Regional Park.

The turkey underwent a two hour surgery to remove the arrow at IBRRC’s Fairfield bird center. The embedded arrow was causing the bird to noticeably limp. However, the arrow also was functioning as a splint for its fractured femur.

Pinky is most likely a North American wild turkey, Meleagris gallapavo. Wild turkeys can run at least 12 miles per hour when being pursued. They also can fly over 50 miles per hour, unless they were pinioned at a young age when being raised as domestic birds.

News reports:
Bay City News

Video of Pinky:



October 1, 2008

Community effort saves wild goose in Los Angeles

A young female Canada goose will be released today that was found injured with monofilament fishing line wrapped tightly around her leg – yet another casualty of careless fishing activity.

Her rescuer, Tony Taylor, had watched the goose over a number of weeks until finally, he and Officer Greg Randall from Los Angeles City Animal Services, were able to capture the large skittish bird. She was taken to International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in San Pedro where her immediate prognosis was not good.

Although the fishing line had begun to cut off circulation and infection had set in on her left leg (see photo, click over for larger image), the veterinary team was able to pull her through with extensive treatment. She is now ready to return to the wild and rejoin with her flock. Her release is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

We’d like to emphasize that this was a tremendous community effort – a networking of numerous individuals and agencies from the concerned citizen, Tony Taylor, whose persistence to find help for this poor bird led him to Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge who helped draw attention to the plight of this injured animal, to Greg Randall, the Wildlife Officer for Los Angeles City Animal Services.

Also involved were wildlife capture specialists from WildRescue who advised on potentially successful techniques.