Monday, May 01, 2006

Lulu's leg

orange head purple breast female gouldian finch

One day last week I noticed that Lulu spent a lot of time sunning herself on the windowsill of the aviary. She didn't appear to be sick - she wasn't puffed up, nor did she have her head tucked under her wing. I tapped on the window and she flew up to one of the food dishes with no problem. It wasn't until the next day that I noticed her right leg was broken, hanging on only by skin. We caught her and snipped off the dangling leg. It appeared that there was nothing else to be done - her remaining stump looked like it had already healed with no hint of infection. The photo below shows what's left of her right leg.

orange head purple breast gouldian hen

She seems to be doing fine. Animals are just amazing. I've even seen her go into one of the nest boxes. Not sure how she'll do with the mating thing, but you never know!

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