New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
An Unlikley Stowaway Finds His Way To Our Hospital
By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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This little guy just came in. This is a Dovekie that was found by a merchant marine who was manning a tug boat. Dovekies are the smallest member of the Alcid family in the North Atlanctic. The tug was pulling a vessel through Boston Harbor from Philadelphia. He and his crew found this Dovekie on the boat, unable to fly. In initial triage there does not appear to be an injury. Dr. Rob suspects an illness of some kind. First, we will leave the Dovekie alone for a while. Many wild animals can die from stress when vets or rehabbers try too aggressively to provide immediate help. Fast and aggressive treatment can be as damaging as not helping at all. It’s a delicate balance. This guy will receive fluids, nutritional support and cage rest as we work to find out what is wrong with him. He eats small crustaceans and fish. We will keep you updated. :)

3 Comments to “An Unlikley Stowaway Finds His Way To Our Hospital”

  1. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
    “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and
    screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Oh my gosh! That is so funny. Poor girl though. Please come to the wild center and hopefully her visit will be pain free. :) Thanks for sharing your story. Happy New Year!

  2. Jack says:

    Hi there, all is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s in
    fact fine, keep up writing.

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