Clapper Rail #19-3171 has been doing well and gaining weight while in care at the Center. During the past few days, the rehabilitation staff have noted minor bumblefoot lesions -- an inflammatory condition of the feet -- on the rail’s feet. This issue can be a complication in captivity because of continued exposure to the rocky terrain in the Aviary enclosure -- material that rails feet are not usually subjected to in their marshy habitat. Despite bumblefoot being an issue in captivity, it is likely to resolve on its own once the bird is returned to its natural habitat in the wild.
The staff have been regularly observing the rail’s mobility since admission, and have concluded that the bird’s previous hip injury will not impact potential for release. This bird is scheduled to be released later this week.