PAWS just posted this video of an injured Brandt’s Cormorant who was nursed back to health at its wildlife center on 44th Avenue West. The vets had to get creative, as they described on their blog.
Our veterinary team applied a series of creative splints to this bird’s leg over many weeks to immobilize the fracture. This allowed us to give the bird free access to water at the same time his injuries were healing.
To entice this particular bird to get in the water and to actively swim and dive, we chose intensive hydrotherapy. We increased the currents and flow of the water in his pool by turning up his underwater pool jets much higher than normal.