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Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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Mourning Dove attacked by cat

By Sarvey Wildlife / Monday, December 14, 2015 /

Mourning dove - this patient came in recently because it flew into a window. Sadly, the stress of the situation caused her to lose all the feathers on her left wing and tail. These birds have a defense mechanism, which causes them to drop feathers to escape predators. Instead of catching the bird - a predator may end up with feathers in it's mouth or talons. There is no injury to the bird other than the feather loss - it will be wintering over with us while it molts. This is a good reminder to use a light towel when picking up injured birds and to keep the animal covered, dark, and quiet. Stressful situation can often further injure wildlife, or sadly sometimes cause their demise. Status – released. 

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