Written by Michelle Kretzer
a resident at an apartment complex in Indianapolis spotted two baby birds trapped inside a dryer
vent on the outside of one of the buildings, one fledgling was already dead but
the other was alive and chirping.
resident called PETA for help, and we immediately got in touch with the complex's
after-hours emergency maintenance crew. Personnel rushed to the building to
remove the vent's cover, and within 45 minutes of the resident's worried call,
the little fledgling was free. The mother had stood nearby watching, and the
reunited birds hopped away together.
one can be sure how the birds became stuck in the dryer vent, but it's likely
that the cover had fallen off and the mother bird had built a nest inside. When
the maintenance team replaced the cover, it had unknowingly trapped the baby
national-pager carriers often get these types of calls. Mother animals have
their babies in unexpected places, and when people do home repairs, they can
trap animals without meaning to. While completing your summer around-the-house
list, watch out for wildlife, and if you do see any animals who may have become
trapped, call animal control, wildlife rehabilitators, or PETA for help.
Written by PETA
Because summer is approaching, we're reposting this blog piece in order to help
PETA rescue workers discovered these two turtles beside local roads. Although they were mortally wounded, both turtles were still alive and suffering immensely when we found them. They were quickly and mercifully put out of their misery.
As the weather warms up, turtles are becoming increasingly mobile. If you see a turtle attempting to cross a road, lend a hand. Small turtles can be carried across the road by holding both sides of the shell and body, in front of the back legs. Large or snapping turtles can be gently coaxed into an animal carrier or onto a sturdy, flat surface so that they can be safely moved a short distance, or you can simply walk behind the animal until the turtle is safely across.
Always carry turtles in the direction they were heading. These determined animals have a destination in mind, and they will simply head back into the road if you try to change their course. Healthy, uninjured turtles shouldn't be moved from the general area where they were found, so once they've made it safely across, it's best to leave them be.
If you see a turtle who has been hit by a car, take the animal to a veterinarian or an animal shelter to be assessed and, if necessary, euthanized. Turtles have an extremely slow metabolism and can take days or weeks to die, even when they are severely injured.
For more tips, visit PETA's "Wildlife Emergencies" page.
Meet Johnnie, a badly injured black-capped chickadee who was at least lucky enough to be found by a compassionate Illinois family that called us for advice. This young bird had a broken back. PETA caseworkers guided the family through safely containing Johnnie and made sure that he was rushed to a veterinarian for assessment. Johnnie's injuries were terribly painful and debilitating, so the vet did right by him and quickly ended his suffering. Even though Johnnie couldn't be saved, the family could rest assured that they did the right thing by not hesitating to help an animal in need.
You'd have to have a heart of stone to see a struggling fledgling or other small animal and not want to help. Of course, in most cases, letting the animal's mother take care of business is exactly the right thing to do. If you see a bird or other small animal and wonder if he or she is in trouble, stand back, wait, and watch before doing anything. If the animal is alert, upright, and calm, then he or she is probably healthy and Mom is likely nearby. But if the animal is lethargic or has an obvious injury, like Johnnie, stay with the animal and call your local humane society, the SPCA, animal control, or a reputable wildlife rehabilitator for advice. If you still need help, call our emergency response team at 757-434-6285 pronto! (We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.)
Other birds need your help right now, like the grackles who are frequently poisoned in Odessa, Texas.
Our emergency tips will give you everything you need to know about helping injured wildlife.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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