Emergency surgery saves bird's broken wing

Updated 10 months ago
Rescue - 2nd March, 2023
Rehabilitation - 6th March, 2023


Arriving at the centre after being caught by a cat, this poor great tit was left with a horrific open fracture to the left humerus (the bone between the shoulder and elbow). No longer able to fly, emergency surgery was the only option to give it a second chance at life.


Amazingly, with the bird anaesthetised, Meriem (one of our vets) was able to carefully pin everything back into place using a modified hypodermic needle (a method known as an intramedullary pin, or IM pin) before closing the open wound. These procedures need a very steady hand and keen eyesight, but we're delighted to say that everything has worked perfectly!

The bone has now healed well and flight has already been restored! Hopefully, it won't be long before this luttle bird can get back to the skies at last!

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