May 2, 2009

Healed by Duct Tape

The Gyotoku Bird Hospital in Chiba, where 400 to 500 wild birds are admitted every year. Only 30% make it back to the wild. 20% die within a month, and the rest end up living in the sanctuary, with some getting so accustomed to having food brought to them that they become unable to live on their own.

The majority of injuries are from birds crashing into windows and scraping themselves against power lines. The preferred material for binding broken wings seems to be duct tape, which is either a demonstration of how strong the adhesives are, or how sorely in need of funding the hospital is.

1 comment:

Lonne Mann said...

Hurt birds falling in love with captivity. Very sad, very precise observation.