My Mutt Stories: Dylan
Featured My Mutt... "Dylan"
Dylan was found as a helpless, 3-week-old baby. She was a domestic King pigeon that had been bred for meat, purchased from a live poultry market and, instead of being butchered, was "released" for a ceremony. She was very lucky to be found by a kind person and taken to the SF ACC shelter, but, unbeknownst to the staff, she was too young to self-feed.
Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions was contacted, and she was starving when I picked her up that night, only feathers and bone. When I opened her cage door, Dylan begged me to feed her as if I was her pigeon parent.
With more than 100 birds in our foster care already, I had not planned on taking this baby in but I couldn't leave her. I rushed her home and started tube-feeding small, watery meals to restart her GI system. She responded ecstatically, now sure that I was a momma bird!
Dylan's ordeal had an impact. She was an extra needy, clingy youngster. Even after she learned to self-feed, she was constantly begging and acted hungry all the time. I kept her close and spoiled her with attention. Now four months old, she's already an accomplished pigeon diplomat. (See her full story and lots of photos here - http://www.pigeonrescue.org/2014/10/13/dylans-story/.)
- Elizabeth Y.
San Francisco, CA
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