Superglue to the rescue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LV426, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. LV426

    LV426 Chillin

    Jul 16, 2008
    Ok so I admit this is such a weird story but true I swear.

    Last Thursday on the way home from work I saw a pigeon get hit by a car on the highway. It was flung to the side of the road and was flopping and flapping helplessly so I quickly pulled over and grabbed a shirt out of my gym bag and grabbed the pigeon. When I got him home I took him out to examine the injury. I was shocked that the pigeon was still alive. His skin had split across half his breast and the breast bone was exposed and the crop had been torn a hole the size of a quarter. So I was really thinking this pigeon was going to die but I figured I at least gave him a warm place to die rather than at the side of the road in the cold and rain. But on the off chance I could do anything I pulled out the betadine and scrubbed the wound and cleaned out the leaves and twigs and dirt. Dried the injury and with the only thing I had on hand, I used superglue on the hole in his crop to seal it up and then pulled what skin I could over the wound and superglued that in place. Then I gave him some water with antibiotics and crossed fingers.

    I had to do some minor repair a couple of days later when I noticed he was leaking when he was drinking. In his effort to stand he had torn open the crop again but it was a small tear so I once again glued it.

    So 7 days from the initial injury and he's able to stand on his own feet and shuffle around slightly. He's eating and drinking and actually seems like he's going to live. I just can't believe that this pigeon that I glued together is still alive.

    Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the initial injury but here's a pic of him today. I know it looks really horrid but it's really quite an improvement over what he looked like when I found him.


    Anyway here's hoping he lives to be released back into the wild. My freaky little franken pigeon.

  2. AmyBella

    AmyBella Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Western MA
    I am rooting for him! I am always so amazed at what animals can recover from. Good luck!
  3. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Aw, what a lucky pigeon to have you find it. Great that it's recovering so well. You're a very special person to do all of that for a pigeon.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Nicely done.
    I'll be rooting for him

  5. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    What a lucky bird.

    Your own birds must be very well cared for if this is the care that a "stranger" gets.[​IMG]
  6. peachlover

    peachlover Chirping

    Aug 4, 2009
    Great Story!!!!! Awesome!!!
  7. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Good for you for helping an injured creature, but please take the wild pigeon to your closest wild animal rescue place and get it out of your house and away from your ungloved hands, and presumably unmasked face. Pigeons can cary some very nasty fungal infections, and pass them to you via aerosolized dried droppings.

  8. tulie13

    tulie13 Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    NW Florida
    Quote:Good point, mypicklebird!!! At the very least, take precautions like a dust/surgical mask when handling the bird and its droppings, wear gloves or STERILIZE YOUR HANDS thoroughly after handling it, etc. Good luck, and thumbs up to you for trying to help this poor bird! [​IMG]
  9. LV426

    LV426 Chillin

    Jul 16, 2008
    Quote:I called the wildlife rescue and they refused to take in the pigeon. They said to take it to animal control and they would euthanize it.

    And I'm not going to get into the debate about fungal infections from a pigeon.

    I have practiced good hand washing and quarantine procedures since I do have other animals in the house.
  10. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Songster

    May 27, 2009
    South Weber, UT
    Super glue can be tha' bomb. Great on you for taking care of it.

    I have only been a chicken mom for a while (this time around) and I have seen some posts that I wondered about super glue. I might give it a try if something happens in the future.

    I think this is fascinating. Please keep up posted.


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