Monday, 2 October 2017
My daughter found this lorikeet on the road today, his left claw is not functioning and looks like the hand of a stroke victim. He also keeps falling forward. On the plus side, he has a good voice and a strong bite.
I have seen these birds fly into objects many times, I have also seen them rolling around on the ground in a distressed state and later die. They seem very susceptible to head injuries so it was no surprise when the wildlife rescue people said it sounds like concussion or neurological damage.
Seven hours from finding him there is no improvement so I'm thinking it's more serious than concussion. A rescue volunteer will pick him up in the morning. I hope he can be helped but if not, at least he won't be squished under a car or terrorised by a cat.
Update: Norman was picked up by a wildlife rescuer this morning. She was taking him to the vets, along with another just like him. She didn't make any comment about his future.