His feathers are glossy, he’s hungry and eating well but the rook that was brought in to us this week is still in a bad way. One of his eyes is damaged, we don’t know yet if he’s lost the eye or whether the lid may heal, we hope so. He has damage to one of his wings, it’s an old injury but not healed. Worse still, he’s lost one of his feet. All he has is a stump.
Even so he is managing to hop about a bit, he tries to perch and pecks us when we go near him – which shows he hasn’t given up and still has a lot of spirit. We’ve treated his wounds and all we can do is wait and see. Will he survive? Will he have a reasonable/good quality of life? Will he fly again? It’s hard to imagine him being released although we did have a one legged magpie who lived here, wild and free but relying on handouts, for several years. We hope that this chap will do the same.