American Robin #18-0110

Admission Date: 
March 2, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Culpeper County
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Hit by car
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On March 2, an American Robin was rescued at the Culpeper Airport after it was hit by a car; the rescuer noticed blood on the robin’s leg and called the Wildlife Center for advice. The bird was transported to the Center for assessment and was admitted as patient #18-0110.

During the initial exam, the robin was bright and alert; there were increased respiratory sounds, abrasions on both wrists, a wound near the mouth, and a more severe wound on the back of the bird’s head. Radiographs and blood work were normal.

The veterinary staff cleaned the wounds and bandaged the head wound. They placed the robin in the oxygen chamber to assist the bird’s breathing and started the patient on pain medication and an anti-inflammatory.

On March 3, the veterinary staff sutured the head wounds. During the following days, the robin was bright and hopping around the cage, but had a limited appetite. The veterinary staff began hand-feeding the bird twice daily as needed (when the robin did not eat on its own) to ensure that the bird receives enough nutrition while healing.

The robin’s appetite has slowly improved, the head wound is healing, and the bird is active in its small enclosure. The staff will continue to monitor the robin’s appetite and attitude, as well as the healing progress of the head wound.

American Robins are very active in March, so be on the look-out for robins in your yard, at bird feeders, or flying across the road when you’re driving!


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March 13, 2018

American Robin #18-0110 is doing well and the rehabilitation staff was able to the move the bird into the Center’s outdoor aviary complex on March 13. The veterinary team will check on the bird’s head wound on March 14 before clearing the robin to begin the rehabilitation process in preparation for release. The staff will continue to monitor the robin’s appetite as well.