A cast for an injured wild roadrunner

We’ve seen this roadrunner hopping around on one leg for months. Recently he came close enough that Jay could see that his injured leg was bent the wrong way. Yesterday, the roadrunner showed up again…this time with something on his injured leg:

Turns out that a coupla days ago, our neighbor Miguel had been able to trap and mend the roadrunner. The little guy’s leg was broken below its knee, with a bit of dead bone hanging, and some tissue had started to grow. There was blood. So, Miguel applied iodine, attached a small plastic splint and then wrapped the leg in gauze, finishing off with some plaster/paste to make a proper roadrunner leg cast.

Miguel says although the bird seems much happier now, what the bird really needs is a proper prosthetic. Does anyone know somebody who could help? Please contact us. In the meantime, we’ll keep feeding him cheddar cheese when he comes by our back door…

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About Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith trained as an architect and is also a developer, entrepreneur, and orchardist. She designs greenhouses, outhouses, yurts, tipis, tent cities, campsites and homesteading products under the mantra "Lighten Up!" Her 'Cul-de-sac Commune' project is a new model for resource sharing in the city, the suburbs and beyond. Read her full bio
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2 Responses to A cast for an injured wild roadrunner

  1. Pingback: Hop-Hop, the one-legged roadrunner | Learning to Live Here

  2. L Cross says:

    I am, right now looking at a roadrunner in Palm Springs, CA, with his left leg sticking outward, and no way to catch him. I know him, have fed him, but as close as he gets, he would never stand for my picking him/her up. Who can I call to help? It is Sunday ; (

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