All in a day’s work
The best part of the rescue team’s work is getting to release the animals that they have cared for and rehabilitated back to the wild. You can see in these video clips how happy the birds are to be set free, and the health of the released birds reflects weeks of hard work undertaken by the animal carers in order to reach this positive event.
From January to July 2019, the KFBG Wild Animal Rescue Centre team received more than 1,000 birds, of which over 600 were nestlings and fledglings rescued by members of the public, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Species varied greatly with the majority being common wild birds such as the Crested Myna, Black-collared Starling, Chinese Pond Heron and Crested Goshawk. The species are seen here at the time of their release to the wild in Tai Po, Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve and KFBG in late July.
Our Rescue Team staff Bibi Wan and Stephanie Wong, who are seen releasing the birds in the videos, have helped to save many hundreds of birds and other animals, and quite often act as ’surrogate mothers’ to orphaned infant animal species.
Bibi has worked at KFBG since 2014 and her highlights during her time here have included saving a wild kitten leopard cat which was eventually released to re-join the wild population in Hong Kong. Stephanie has worked at KFBG since 2017 and her most memorable case was a seabird called the Bridled Tern. These are notoriously difficult birds to maintain in captivity and even more so if they are sick or injured, so Stephanie invested a lot of effort in caring for the bird during rehabilitation. Her professional input paid off because the tern was eventually released back to the wild.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that the public ask about hatchling and juvenile birds:
1. If I touch the bird, will its mother abandon it?
2. Can I raise the bird myself?
3. Who do I call if I find a ‘baby’ bird?
Please click on the link to read the answers: What to do if you find a baby bird?
Red-billed Blue Magpie
7 Crested Myna and 1 Black-collared Starling