The Milton owner of an 8-year-old parakeet rushed the "bloodied, barely conscious" bird to Angell Animal Medical Center last month after she turned on a shop vac - not realizing the budgie had crawled into the device moments before. In a statement, Angell says veterinarians first stabilized Marie Margarone's Birdie, then got the pet into surgery:
X-rays confirmed that Birdie's left wing was so badly fractured that the only way to save her was to partially amputate the limb. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Dr. Simone-Freilicher - one of two board-certified avian and exotic veterinarians at Angell - performed a delicate one-hour operation to remove 25 percent of Birdie's wing. According to Dr. Simone-Freilicher, Birdie soared through the procedure. "Birdie has come a very long way since she sustained these injuries, she said. â€œI'm hugely impressed with this small bird's strength and resolve and I applaud her owner for doing all she could to get her through the ordeal."
Photo of Birdie being administered anesthesia by MSPCA-Angell.