Wildlife vets create ‘snowshoes’ for injured mockingbird

A mockingbird received creative treatment for knuckling feet

Sometimes, you have to get creative when treating a teeny-tiny patient.

That’s what the veterinary staff of the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, Calif., did when they found a Northern Mockingbird whose feet were “knuckling.” This meant the bird couldn’t open her feet to perch or even stand. Because of this, she was standing on the top of her toes, which caused additional injuries.

To treat her, the veterinary staff created “snowshoes” for the mockingbird. This helped the bird open up her feet, and take some pressure off her toe tops so she could heal.

The treatment worked, and now this mockingbird is on her way to a full recovery.

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