Broken and battered, city birds are patched up inside a medical center that takes sick birds under their wing. Angela Moore reports.
Olivia Snarski was cleaning out the apartment of a friend who had recently died when she found a bird lying against a wall with a broken bone. Snarski brought the injured bird to The Wild Bird Fund on Manhattan's Upper West Side. SOUNDBITE: Olivia Snarski, rescued bird, saying (English): "There is so much death in the world and I just wish that we all can help one another and inconvenience ourselves more often." The organization has been treating sick and injured birds since 2005. Most are brought in by Good Samaritans like Snarski, said Eugene Oda who examines incoming birds. SOUNDBITE: Eugene Oda, wildlife rehabilitator and veterinary technician, saying (English): "Right now it's baby bird season and it's very, very hard for us. We get over 50 birds a day. People find all these baby birds on the ground." Inside the small facility, a team of staff and volunteers tends to hundreds of birds every day, providing food, medicine, care and cleaning. Common city birds like pigeons and sparrows, are treated alongside falcons, ducks, and a single white swan. SOUNDBITE: Eugene Oda, wildlife rehabilitator and veterinary technician, saying (English): "They do need help out there. The city life is extremely dangerous. There is so much danger out there that birds can get into." At last check, Snarski's bird was on the mend. Hopefully, it will be among the hundreds of healed birds released back into the wilds of New York City.