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Let flamingos be pink and go away the feathers of different birds alone; that is the message a wildlife rescue is sharing after a surprising discovery.
On Tuesday, the Wild Bird Fund shared a photograph on Instagram of a bright pink pigeon that ended up within the nonprofit’s care after a “form individual” noticed the ailing animal wandering round New York Metropolis’s Madison Sq. Park.
“Pigeons are available in many alternative colours and plumages, however pink is not one in every of them. This can be a home king pigeon who was intentionally dyed this coloration and launched. This poor fowl has it unhealthy sufficient as a home fowl unable to seek out meals within the wild, fly effectively, or escape predators, however being a brilliant, uncommon coloration makes him much more of a goal,” Wild Hen Fund captioned the picture of the oddly-hued fowl.
The wildlife rehabilitation group added that the pink pigeon, which Wild Hen Fund has dubbed Flamingo, is younger however exhibits indicators of long-term malnutrition. Flamingo’s poor situation led the Wild Hen Fund to share two warnings with its followers.
“Please by no means launch home birds to the wild. Not for weddings, funerals, celebrations, artwork initiatives, something,” the nonprofit wrote in its submit.
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“They are going to starve or be preyed on, even a lot of these supposedly educated to return dwelling. Should you see an all-white pigeon within the wild, or any tame fowl standing round trying misplaced, it wants your assist. Please catch the fowl and produce it to a pigeon rescue or animal sanctuary close to you,” the Wild Hen Fund added.
The New York-based wildlife rescue, which focuses on caring for wild birds, shared its second warning in a follow-up submit about Flamingo.
“By no means dye a fowl!” Wild Hen Fund wrote in its Instagram replace on Feb. 2.
The nonprofit additionally shared information about Flamingo’s restoration. In accordance with the rescue, the pink pigeon was possible fully submerged in dye earlier than being launched.
Wild Hen Fund is working to take away the dye — considered human hair dye — however it’s a gradual course of as a result of baths are hectic for Flamingo.
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“One drawback is that the dye has a really robust odor, and we’re involved for the fowl’s respiratory well being. Birds are extremely delicate to sure fumes, and this pigeon is basically residing inside a cloud,” the rescue wrote about Flamingo’s present situation.
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“We’re additionally involved about him ingesting the chemical by preening. He is at present fairly weak and is struggling to maintain meals down,” Wild Hen Fund added.
Flamingo is working laborious at his restoration and is receiving warmth, oxygen, subcutaneous fluids, and drugs at Wild Hen Fund’s facility.
Those that wish to donate to Flamingo’s care can accomplish that at Wild Bird Fund’s website. And all animal lovers can assist defend birds by by no means releasing or dyeing birds for a celebration.
“Please have fun your life occasions peacefully with out harming others,” the Wild Hen Fund suggested