Great Blue Heron
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.
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.