Many of the birds that come into Wildlife Images have wing injuries. This is commonly caused when birds are hit by cars or from flying into windows. Birds have a honeycomb bone structure which allows for less weight but also means they can be delicate, especially the tiny bones in a bird’s wings.
Two of our very last patients of 2017 were treated for wing injury with what’s known as a wing wrap. Essentially, a wing wrap is similar to a sling. It helps hold the wing in the right position, allowing it to heal without creating complete immobility like a cast would. The wing wraps typically stay on for two to three weeks. During this time a patient is on cage rest and typically gets anti-inflammatory medications.
Then, just like with many human injuries, patients get physical therapy. For birds, this may include wing extensions and often comes with some bigger accommodations. It’s important to make sure the bird can safely move around an enclosure without doing further damage. Before long a patient is tested to make sure it can hunt and fly on its own and then a release date and location is arranged.