Shuswap vets care for injured Great Blue Heron

The bird was found on the foreshore Thursday, Oct. 27, and will be transferred to the Kamloops Wildlife Park, for additional treatment.

Vet technician Lisa Rownd holds an injured great blue heron that was found in the Salmon Arm foreshore bird sanctuary

A great blue heron found with an injured wing in Salmon Arm is expected to make a full recovery.

The bird was found on a trail in the foreshore bird sanctuary, said Shuswap Veterinary Clinic practice manager Jim McEwan.

The heron had a protruding bone on one of its wings. The clinic took X-rays and sent them to the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, where it was determined that the bird would survive.

“We provide some stability, follow the direction of the wildlife park and get it to them as soon as possible,” he said.

This is the first great blue heron the clinic has treated, but McEwan said finding injured birds is common, especially beside roads.

“We probably receive around 10 to 20 a year,” he said.

The bird was found Thursday, Oct. 27, and was sent to Kamloops Friday, Oct. 28 where it will require stitches and possibly surgery.

The cause of the injury was undetermined, but McEwan said the bird is a young one, so it might have flown into a tree.

The clinic has protocols and basic care for wild animals, but injured wildlife found in Salmon Arm is sent to Kamloops.

If injured wildlife is found, McEwan said to call the Kamloops Wildlife Park. He also noted, “some injured animals you don’t touch and don’t pick up.”

The Shuswap vet also offers advice if the park can’t be reached.

Covering an injured bird with a blanket is a way to calm the animal, but in general you shouldn’t touch any wild creatures and should call the experts, he said.

Bats  should not be touched, as they are the most common carrier of rabies in B.C.

Just Posted

Petition calls for regulation of cigarette boats on Shuswap Lake

Public call for tighter controls on the fast, powerful vessels initiated before Sept. 1 collision

Salmon Arm martial arts school evicted along with assisted living facility

Students call Northern Spirit Martial Arts’ Hudson Street location a sanctuary

Salmon Arm RCMP see upswing in thefts of, and from, vehicles

Police report thieves prowling at night, entering unlocked vehicles

Successful Salmon Arm farmer’s market extended into December

Market may switch to indoor venue during the colder months of winter

RCMP investigating thefts from Shuswap mail boxes

Salmon Arm residents with compromised boxes asked to pick up mail at post office

‘It’s almost surreal’: South Okanagan fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Most Read