Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Aug 08 2017

The bird was found injured with blood on its feathers in St. James City, Florida. During its intake exam, it was discovered the bird had a fractured ulna in its right wing and fractured tibiotarsus in its left leg. Radiographs showed a comminuted fracture (broken into more than two pieces) in the wing and a greenstick fracture in the leg.

These injuries showed the heron had suffered from a gunshot. A gunshot pellet remained lodged in the tibiotarsus of its leg. The injured wing was placed in a figure 8 wrap and the injured leg was splinted. Its wounds were debrided (cleaned) and flushed. It was also started on pain medications.

Status Updates

Deceased in enclosure - Aug 14 2017 7:30 am

Unfortunately, the heron did not survive it's injuries from the gunshot. It was found deceased in its enclosure during morning patient checks.