Most of the birds that come to Phoenix Landing are not rescues. They come from families that, for any number of reasons, can no longer care for them. These families are patient and rely on us to find the best homes possible for their companions.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with a green wing macaw that we took in on Sunday, October 13th. Mimi is a rescue in every sense of the word.
She was found outside in the Virginia Beach area and placed at a shelter. After two weeks of treatment, they asked for our help. Mimi, to put it bluntly, is in horrible shape.
We cannot know her life up to a few weeks ago, but here is what we do know. Our kind volunteer Lisa Marie was able to bring Mimi up to Northern Virginia. When we spoke on Sunday and Lisa Marie described Mimi’s condition, I insisted she take her to the 24 hour emergency vet immediately. Mimi’s breathing was labored and she could not hold her head up.
But the worst thing was the wound on her wing and back.
Horribly infected and surrounded by necrotic tissue, it had a strong odor. She was obviously in a tremendous amount of pain.
At the emergency vet, her prognosis was not good. She was severely dehydrated, so much so that she could not produce mucus, a symptom of the upper respiratory infection the vet also suspected she had. She was incredibly weak. She had a fracture on her wing. At slightly below 1000 grams, she was underweight for a green wing.
We hoped she would make it through the night.
She did and she has not stopped fighting.
She has been moved to Stahls Exotic Animal Veterinary Services (SEAVS) in Fairfax where she has had supportive care for pain management, a broad spectrum antibiotic, wound care, and tube feeding as necessary. Fortunately, she has been eating on her own.
We are honored to help this bird on her path to healing and are committed to doing everything we can. By next Monday, October 21st, we should know more about her chances long term. Her vet Dr. Crum says she has a 50/50 chance of survival.
But there are still so many outstanding issues.
If she becomes stable enough for surgery, she will need lots of work to close the wound. She will also need laser therapy to speed her recovery.
If she responds to the antibiotic and does not have or develop sepsis she may survive.
If she can keep her wing, she will have to heal from her ulnar fracture.
If her thickened beak indicates a chronic liver issue, we hope it can be managed.
But after all she has been through, and even on a large dose of painkillers, she is still engaged with the world.
Though we can’t be sure, we suspect that her former owner simply opened the door to let her fend for herself. Birds who have lived in captivity cannot survive in the outdoors. Please spread the word about this myth.
The cost for Mimi’s care is already in the thousands. If she survives, she will require many follow up visits, and her future is uncertain.
We would greatly appreciate your financial support towards the cost of her medical bills. The kind members of the Parrot Posse Facebook group have pledged to match any donations made for her, so your gift is automatically doubled.
To contribute, please click the Donate button in the upper right.
We will post updates about her progress.
The Parrot Posse is proud to be able to join with Phoenix Landing to help Mimi: it’s going to be a battle, and we may not win, but we will fight. Every dollar doanted w for Mimi’s care will be matched, and I’ll also be donating myself in honor of my own dear Greenwing, Hawkeye.
I send $10. I hope this poor baby makes it and goes on to lead a happier life.
Chipped in. She reminds me of the GW I lost,Clyde. Though he didn’t have any open wounds or broken bones,he was in awful shape when he was given to me. Thousands of dollars and 2 years later we lost the fight.He was fun, funny,just a sheer joy. Love and miss him. I pray Mimi makes it.
I hope this beautiful baby makes it. I don’t know what I would do if something happened to my baby Paco who is a Sun Conure. She’s around 6 years old. They told us she was a boy named Paco. But we now know she is a girl. I pray for Mimi.
I sent $50.00. I have a 2 year old Green Cheek Conure and she is one of the best parts of my life. I am blessed to have her as a companion. I know how special these birds are and that is why I have donated. I pray to God that he helps her to have a fast and easy recovery. Hang in there Mimi! I am praying for you and will donate more to help you when I can!
I can hardly believe people are so cruel & uneducated. It breaks my heart that this happened to such a majestic bird. I truly hope Mimi pulls through & so pleased that she ended up in SEAVS care. At least she is being shown love now! I hope other will contribute PLEASE
Stories like this break my heart, but one thing is for sure if anyone can help this bird it is Dr. Crum and the staff at Stahl’s! They are THE BEST at what they do. Praying she is able to recover and find someone to love her as she should be treated.
HI I sent throught the reg site 25$ hope it helps prayers for little Mimi and thank u so much for looking out for her..
Our Eclectus Ruby has been extremely sick for the past couple of years off and on. We found that warming Gerber meat sticks and baby foods that were warmed worked well when she was at her sickest. Gave her protein and weight. We will be donating, please take some of our money and go buy this poor girl some to see if she likes them. Our Ruby loved them.
Thank you Parrot Posse for matching our donations. My heart goes out to this poor baby and I pray she’ll be healthy and in a loving forever home soon.
I would be willing to give her a home and as a nurse give medicine and vet visits when need to as scheduled.
I have experience and have adopted from Phoenix Landing in 2012 a Miligold Macaw. I have 10 parrots, YNA x3, red front macaw, severe macaw, Moluccan Cockatoo, African Gray, Blk headed Caique, Senagal.
I am at home all the time and do not work!
I also foster and have Bearded dragons needing daily feeding as well as the birds.
I would take her and help her get her pain under control as well as sons constant rehab
So very sorry Mimi we love you fly free and soar high with no more pain so sorry that you had to learn some humans are just morons God bless you
Are there any updates on Mimi? Pray she gets better.
Any updates? Thanks!
Never mind. I see the article. 😦 So sad.