American Crow

The following story was shared with us by Buz Marthaler at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

crow being syringe fedAn American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) was found by a Good Samaritan in Salt Lake City and brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden for help. The rescuer reported the crow to be on the ground and unable to fly, along with appearing “wobbly.”

When assessed by the wildlife rehabilitation specialist, they noted that the bird was showing some neurological signs, including ataxia, trembling, marked weakness, and occasional seizures. The bird was thin, at only 11.4 ounces (324 grams), and was unable to eat on its own.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah does not have unlimited resources to perform all possible testing on each patient, so it was decided to begin general supportive care for this patient to see if there was any improvement. Treatment included administering EmerAid Intensive Care Carnivore three times a day. The crow showed improvements each day and was slowly weaned off the EmerAid as it began to tolerate whole foods and acquire them on its own.

After making a full recovery, the crow is now flying free again.

crow in human's hands outside