Pidge was transferred to TPU from another organization when it was determined her medical, behavioral, and psychological needs were going to require long term, specialized care.
Pidge (short for Little Pink Pigeon) was part of an animal cruelty hoarding case and was seized with many other animals. The living situation was beyond deplorable. Pidge was found in a homemade enclosure made of chicken wire with what looked like HVAC ducting for a nest box. The workers were told she rarely left the box, and despite their coaxing, she refused to come out, so they took the entire box with them. They found she was living in years of detritus, and worse, rat urine and feces.
Pidge is terrified of humans and her behavior makes it clear she has not been handled in a very long time. Our immediate goals for Pidge are medical, nutritional, and stress control. We are establishing her medical status to treat any issues accordingly, switching her to an appropriate diet, and giving her the time and space she needs to feel safe. These are all being monitored on an ongoing basis in a quarantine environment. Diet change is much easier than we anticipated! She has been snarfing on Harrison’s and Caitec Oven Bites, although fresh food might take a tad longer, since she seems to regard it as dangeritmighteatmefirst. But no worries, Pidge. Whenever, she’s ready.
Pidge’s medical bills will far exceed any normal vetting we do with each bird. We anticipate long term medical needs.
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