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Crow flies through open window of moving car, rescued by driver

By Joanna Fitzgerald | Director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

An American crow was among the 40 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week.

The crow was admitted under the most unusual circumstances. As a car was driving by, the crow flew in through an open window, hit the driver in the face and flew out the other window. The driver stopped and offered assistance since it was obvious the crow had suffered head trauma from the impact.

By the time the crow’s rescuer arrived at the Conservancy the crow was becoming more coherent and was active, vocalizing and responsive. Staff settled the crow into a recovery space in the bird room to rest even though the injury from the impact appeared to be resolving.

The following morning the crow was test flown in an outdoor flight enclosure to ensure no significant injuries had occurred or developed. The crow did great and was cleared for release back in the area it was found.

This case proves the old adage — expect the unexpected. Be prepared: keep a box, towel and small leather gloves in your car. Animal emergencies occur all the time, having the appropriate rescue equipment relieves some of the stress of handling an unfamiliar situation. Being prepared means you will be ready to offer assistance if you encounter an animal emergency.

While any cardboard box with ventilation holes can be used to safely contain an animal for rescue and transport to the hospital, a rescue kit consisting of a cardboard pet carrier, small towel and wildlife

protection tips, specifically designed for wildlife rescue, is available for purchase in the Conservancy gift shop.

A Virginia opossum, a yellow warbler, a magnificent frigatebird, two striped mud turtles, two mourning doves, two northern cardinals, a gopher tortoise, an ovenbird, a sanderling, a great blue heron, a northern parula, three chimney swifts, two double-crested cormorants, an eastern cottontail, two ruddy turnstones, and a red-shouldered hawk were released this past week.

Visit the Conservancy website at to view all of the amazing volunteer opportunities at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Volunteers help in many different capacities and are vital to the success of our work. If you think you could dedicate one shift a week to help in the hospital, contact our volunteer office and get involved. Your volunteer time, donations, and memberships truly help us continue our work to protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife, and future.

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