Elliot & Buster
Though completely inexperienced with bird rescue and new to king pigeons, Julisa recognized how completely vulnerable the babies were and waited with them for 90 minutes until an Animal Control Officer from Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) arrived to pick them up. Once they went to the shelter, she contacted staff there to stay updated on their status. One (seen on the curb in the video and who I have since named Buster) came in very healthy and strong (though young, helpless and completely lacking in the ability to survive in the wild). The other, who I named Elliot, arrived very sick and weak and, despite the shelter's efforts, declined further rather than gain strength as would have been expected.
Mariela is a staff member at PHS who works very hard to care for a whole department of "Smalls" and "Exotics" (including small mammals, reptiles, birds, fowl and hermit crabs at last check) and to find adopters for these too often overlooked shelter residents. She and the vet staff did their best to nurture and strengthen Elliot but he grew weaker and even more emaciated. On August 8th, he was scheduled to be euthanized at 3 pm. Even though she knew MickaCoo was full up, Mariela, as she always does, went the extra mile and contacted me and, even though we were full up, I said yes to taking in both baby kings. (Buster was thriving and not facing euthanasia but Elliot needed the comfort and support of his baby pigeon friend.) I said yes to these babies to support Mariela in the extraordinary effort she is making to improve the survival and adoption rates for domestic pigeons & doves in the shelter. MickaCoo cannot save all these birds alone. We need the help of shelter staff like Mariela.
I was stuck at my desk and unable to go get them but Mariela said, No problem, I'll bring them on my lunch hour. And she did.