The Clinic for Wildlife Rehabilitation (CROW) in Sanibel is treating a roseate spoonbill and eight ducklings admitted from Fort Myers Beach this week.
On Monday, eight nestling marbled ducklings were admitted from Fort Myers Beach after they were found stuck in a storm drain at Lazy Way and Estero Boulevard. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department responded to help remove the ducklings. After the ducklings were removed, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office transported them to CROW after the mother was nowhere to be found, Sanibel Public Relations Manager Haillie Mesics said. “All ducklings were clinically healthy and were transferred to rehabilitation care to be reared according to protocol. They received daily bathing together as enrichment and supportive care,” Mesics said.
A day earlier on Sunday, a roseate spoonbill was admitted to CROW after being found unable to stand or fly at Lovers Key State Park.
Upon admission, Spoonbill had no blink reflex, weak but intact motor function and feather mites as well as keel (sternum) abrasions likely due to their inability to stand upright, Mesics said. in an email.
The spatula was severely dehydrated, quiet, weak, and lacking a blink reflex.
“Vets suspect Spoonbill may be suffering from red tide or toxin-like botulism,” Mesics said. Hospital staff placed padded bumpers on the sternum to prevent further injury, provided supportive medications, and treated the spatula with an intravenous lipid emulsion therapy solution to help the spatula clear the lumps. toxins from his system.
“The spatula has improved slightly since ingestion and will continue to receive supportive care under close supervision,” Mesics said.