PHOTOS COURTESY OF CWR
Sitara most likely lost his beak due to a run-in with a snapping turtle. His prosthetic beak has been life altering. rehabilitation of water birds, including ducks, geese and swans, although volunteer rehabilitators are licensed to take in every kind of wildlife. It’s the second time CWR has been featured on national television in the last two months. On Feb. 1 and 5, the rescue was featured on an episode of “We Move Animals,” on National Geographic’s Nat Geo Wild Channel. A PBS film crew taped volunteers working with Sitara in late October 2013 at CWR’s Poplin Road facility, before Sitara traveled to Durham, N.C., for his surgery, also filmed by PBS. Dr. Greg Burkett, who cares for many of CWR’s birds, performed the surgery. The prosthetic was handmade using epoxy and pinned into place. Within a week of receiving his new beak, Gordon said Sitara was “flirting” again with his female friends, eating with ease and cleaning his feathers. “Now he has a girlfriend out at the pond. It’s helped his self-confidence a lot,” she says. “You can just see how Carolina Waterfowl happy he is now.” Rescue will be The rescue has eight other birds in featured on an need of a prosthetic beak, but doesn’t have the money to pay for the episode of “My procedures. These prosthetics typically Bionic Pet,” on April cost $500 to $800 each, Gordon says, 9 at 8 p.m. The and birds need a sponsor or sponsors to make it happen. show is part of the She hopes the show will spur PBS Nature Series. donations and local volunteers. “Hopefully, people will see this and want to get involved,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know the extent of medical care we provide. I don’t think anybody does what we do.” The nonprofit is a no-kill facility, and provides rescue and rehabilitation for sick, injured and orphaned birds. Gordon also strives to increase public awareness and appreciation for animals. The nonprofit relies solely on donations from the community.
For information about Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, visit Carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. Visit Pbs.org/nature.
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