You just never know where a “rescue” will be needed! A caring lady named Jenny called the Center for help when she noted a frantic mother bird by a storm grate. Long time rescue volunteer Stephanie Boor responded to evaluate and, hopefully, resolve the problem. She found that 6 baby Limpkins had managed to lose themselves in the grate and mom couldn’t get them out! A quick call to volunteer Sandy Smith for assistance and the use of a small net soon had the babies out and on their way to a VERY relieved mom. Click below to enjoy the fantastic video…
FYI….Limpkins are an endangered, tropical species found as far north as Florida. They somewhat resemble a small heron or Ibis, but are not closely related to either. They are long-legged wading birds with a long curved beak that enables them to locate and remove from the shell the Apple Snails that are their primary diet, although they will also eat insects, worms and mussels. They nest from February to June and will incubate their 4 – 8 eggs for approx. 27 days. They nest in vegetation found in marshes and fresh water areas – but can also be found in bushes or tree limbs as high as 40 feet. The main threat to this bird is loss of habitat, both for nesting and for production of their main food source, the Apple Snail.
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