Date: 10/25/19 9:05 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Information on purple gallinule treated at Tufts Wildlife Clinic
Thanks to Marcia Dunham for passing this along.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA


Hi Barbara,
This is the final narrative of the purple gallinule's treatment as a
patient at Cummings Wildlife Center. Thanks for passing it along.
Marcia Dunham
Dedham, MA

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*From: *"Pettinato, Taraneh" <Taraneh.Pettinato...>
*Date: *Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 1:37 PM
*To: *"<mdunham99...> <mailto:<mdunham99...>"
<mdunham99...> <mailto:<mdunham99...>>
*Subject: *Information on purple gallinule treated at Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Dear Marsha,

I understand that you have been in touch with our veterinarians, and
they shared the sad news about the purple gallinule. As promised, I
wanted to send you a more formal statement on the bird’s injuries and
treatment at Tufts Wildlife Clinic. Do you mind letting me know where
you plan to post/distribute?

It’s always so difficult in these situations, but please know we greatly
appreciate the support of the community and their compassion toward the
wildlife they encounter. Please let me know if there is anything else
you need from us.



/On Tuesday, October 22, an injured juvenile purple gallinule was
admitted to Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
at Tufts University in North Grafton. The purple gallinule is a
medium-sized marsh bird usually found in the southeastern U.S. Purple
gallinules are a rare sight, appearing in Massachusetts every few years.
The most recent documented sightings of this bird species were on
Nantucket in May 2017 and in the Westborough area in Fall 2015./

/This juvenile bird was first seen and reported by birders in Milton,
MA, on Sunday, October 20. On Tuesday, when the bird appeared unable
to move, a concerned private citizen captured it and brought it to Tufts
Wildlife Clinic. Veterinarians found the bird alert, but
thin. Preliminary examination revealed a keel fracture and mobility
problems in both legs, likely caused by collision with a motor
vehicle. After stabilizing the bird with pain medication and supportive
care, further diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) were taken on Wednesday,
October 23. Unfortunately the images revealed multiple keel fractures, a
wing fracture and bilateral dislocated hips. Sadly these injuries would
not be repairable or allow the bird to regain full mobility or flight.
While the Clinic’s primary goal is always to treat and release its
patients back into the wild, due to the severity of the injuries, the
difficult but humane decision to euthanize the bird was made./


Taraneh Pettinato

Associate Director of Media Relations

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

(508) 839-7910 office

(603) 801-1677 mobile

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