A mockingbird at the California Wildlife Center got a second chance at walking last week when she got her own pair of custom-designed ‘snowshoes’.
The bird was suffering from an unknown injury that had caused her feet to knuckle. This is a common condition that causes the birds feet to curl unnaturally. It makes it difficult for birds to perch, grasp onto things, and walk.
Fortunately, this is a pretty easy problem to fix. All it takes is a little creativity, ingenuity, and in this case, some cardboard. The result is pretty darn adorable too.
Rescuers at the California Wildlife Center crafted the bird a pair of custom-made ‘snowshoes,’ made from cardboard.
“We needed to train her feet back to how they should be,” CWC veterinarian Duane Tom told The Dodo. “Essentially, we used pieces of cardboard to tape her toes into their proper position. It usually takes a week or two of wearing the snowshoes before their feet are back to normal.”
We’re happy to report that the mockingbird’s feet were successfully treated thanks to that cute bit of ingenuity — so things are now looking up for her. As Tom notes, nearly all the birds treated for knuckled feet at CWC are able to be released back into the wild.
We’re thrilled this bird is on the right track to recovery.
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[Featured Image: California Wildlife Center]