So, I pulled an all nighter last night and finally got down for a nap around six AM. I wake up at ten to what sounds like my budgie making an unusually loud noise in the living room. In reality, it is what appears to be a baby robin, almost of flying age but with a bloodied carpal joint on one wing. My roommate's cat apparently had retrieved it and placed it beneath my budgie's cage (which is where birds go in cat logic, I guess.) I am still dazed from many hours of typing mathy things and have many other things I need to do today, but I'm having difficulty simply leaving this vigorous but injured and hopelessly stupid creature to fend for itself. (It was doing the 'feed-me' pose for the cat when I found it.)
It doesn't seem to be in shock but it definitely can't fly. I put it on the roof in hopes it's mother would find it but it repeatedly jumped down and sat in the grass, waiting for someone to bring it food. I didn't know what to do, but I can't keep it indoors because I don't want it passing an illness to my bird. So, I put it in the one bird- and cat-proof enclosure in my yard; my barrel of fuschias and, coincidentally, catnip. I gave it a box to shelter in and the catnip is some three feet high. The whole thing is about four feet tall altogether and I have it tightly wrapped in several layers of poultry wire to keep cats from eating the main stems of the catnip. I put a sheetmetal bedding pan from an old critter cage on top and wedged it into the chicken wire so that critters can't get in easily. There's a space big enough that the bird can climb out once it regains its mobility. It seems hungry so later I'm going to feed it with a liquid food my vet gave me when my chins had tooth problems and weren't eating solid foods - she told me that they use it for omnivores and carnivores too in emergencies so I'm pretty sure it can sustain the bird for a while.
This has been a really rough day
in a really rough week
in a really rough month
in a really rough year.
Life is rough.
Adorable and slightly sad pics to follow. Advice appreciated.