On Saturday March 25th, Manila Zoo volunteers were alerted to a bird that seemed distressed by keen eyed zoo visitors.
The zoo volunteers known as the Zoo Crew Philippines quickly responded, and assessed the situation. The volunteer team assessed the situation and it was clear that the bird was not responding or moving. The volunteer team quickly collected the bird and transported it immediately to the on-site zoo hospital at the Manila Zoo.
The Manila Zoo’s professional veterinary team admitted the the distressed wild bird which was identified as a Grey Heron into the zoo hospital.
The Veterinarians determined that the wild Grey Heron was dehydrated and was in desperate needs of fluids. The veterinary team administered fluids to the bird, and gave it access to food as they then decided to keep it under observation for the next 48 hours. If given a clean bill of health the Grey Heron will be released back into the near by marsh area that is native habitat for Grey Herons.
Grey Herons have been seen more and more frequently at the zoo in recent years as the coastal marsh lands it once called home have now been developed into high rise condominiums. While it is wonderful that the Manila zoo can provide a natural space for them the live, it is important to preserve the remaining marshlands around Manila for birds like the Grey Heron and countless other species.
The Manila Zoo proudly acts as a rescue and rehabilitation center for wild animals that are brought to the zoo. The Manila Zoo staff is always happy to respond and help any animal in need. We are grateful to the Zoo Crew Philippines and the Manila Zoo staff for saving this Grey Heron’s life!
We are also grateful to all the people who visit the Manila Zoo, because of their patronage rescues like this are made possible!
This was a ZooNaiton exclusive article.