Humane Society Seeks Help Feeding Large Birds

The Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center is asking for the community’s help to feed two birds whose injuries will keep them in permanent captivity.

Officials said the two birds will eventually find a forever home at a licensed wildlife facility, zoo or sanctuary, but in the meantime the two birds, a swan and a pelican, need to be supported.

The humane society said the pelican has been in the wildlife center’s care since November, when he was found in the snow in Vernon County. He needed treatment for a beak fracture, multiple rib fractures, a severe puncture wound and parasite infections.

The other bird, a swan, was found in December alone in rural Crawford County where he was suffering eye trauma as well as lice, puncture wounds on his feet, a fractured wing and lead toxicity poisoning.

They both are hungry, humane society officials said, and need lots of food to continue their healing journeys.

The Dane County Humane Society is trying to raise $2,500 to support the pair to continue their diets of live fish, bugs and fresh produce and grains.

Those who would like to donate to the cause can do so on the website or drop it off at Dane County Humane Society’s main shelter at 5132 Voges Road in Madison.