By: Jen Russon
At first glance, the newborn bird that Suzanne Shapiro discovered while walking her dogs appeared dead. Covered in ants, the motionless Pink Mockingbird lay at the base of the tree in the Heron Bay neighborhood of Shapiro.
âAt first I thought, well, maybe that’s the way the food chain works – that there was nothing I could do. Then I saw her little chest move up and down and I couldn’t bear to leave it there, âsaid Shapiro, a travel agent who has lived in Coral Springs and Parkland for almost a decade.
She added that it was already around 6 p.m., so she knew there was no way to take her to the South Florida Wildlife Center right away, as a friend suggested.
âI asked my daughter, Jenny, to go get a cardboard plate and help me remove the bird safely to a shoebox,â she said, adding that they had padded the box and drilled ventilation holes in the lid.
The Shapiro contacted the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, which accepts injured wildlife after normal working hours; However, animals discovered during the day should be taken directly to the Fort Wildlife Center. Lauderdale.
The center, which is entirely dependent on donations, had good news to share regarding rescued baby bird Shapiro.
âThey told me I saved a life,â she said.
Shapiro added how he was told the first 48 hours after a animal rescue are critical and her family is just happy they were able to help.
Carolina Segarra, director of volunteer services for the nonprofit, said the bird Shapiro rescued in July is still in their nursery and still has some time to go before it is placed. in their outdoor rehabilitation area.
She said the rehabilitation area is where the organization is making final preparations to release the animal back into the wild.
âWe hope this little one will continue to do well and are very grateful to our researchers for being brave enough to help our local wildlife,â said Segarra.
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Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English teacher. She has published two novels on Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.