Feather Transplant Helps Injured Raven Fly Again

A wounded raven underwent a rare feather transplant — in which she received feathers from another bird — to help her fly again.

The poor bird was found injured and sick in a parking lot near Richmond, Virginia, by a Blue Cross worker, who rushed her to a wildlife center in March, Barcroft Media reports.

“It was having a hard time flying — so I fed it hard-boiled eggs and other healthy foods to try to lure it into a crate,” said Maureen Bergin, who rescued the bird.

Workers at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Richmond inserted bamboo shoots into the raven’s right wing and attached the other end to six donor feathers in September.

The plucky little squawker, who doesn’t have a name, is gaining strength, wildlife workers said.

Responses to "Wounded Raven Undergoes Rare Feather Transplant "

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is incredible! Good work all of you who were part of this. I love Ravens, this is heart-warming.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful news

  3. Unknown says:

    It's called "imping" and falconers have been doing it for centuries.

  4. Sally says:

    Its more like artificial feathers than a transplant which implies a permanent condition. It is temporary until the bird molts in new feathers of its own- hopefully. What Don Cunningham said.

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