‘Bird’ Means…Oh Never Mind.

It's great to see the discussion going on in the comment section of the last post. I love the fact that people here can disagree politely.

This story is a little segment from the LAS internal 'magazine' that I've scanned in direct. IT just highlights the sorts of jobs that we can find ourselves going on. I've written before about my call to a dead dog.

Internal News Story

Finally, and perhaps a little cryptically, 'Moab Is My Washpot', thank you very much.

10 thoughts on “‘Bird’ Means…Oh Never Mind.”

  1. I don't know how things work on your side of the pond (which is why I read here and other places that inform me!) – but here we have only the one emergency number to call – 911.That number dispatches police, fire, ambulance – and occasionally other “emergency” services. Since I didn't hear the actual call, is it possible these folks thought that instead of an ambulance, they might get some emergency animal welfare folks instead?

  2. Maybe I'm mean but I'm not sure that they should have actually taken the bird on principle. It's good to be helpful and all that but they could hardly divert to a real emergency with a half dead bird comtaminating the vehicle. Or maybe they would…

  3. There is also 112 which is the european standard number and will work here in the UK. There was an incident in Oxfordshire where a woman hit a deer and called 999. An ambulance was dispatched but stood down when it became clear that the caller had not been injured. Hey ho hum.

  4. Nationwide UK areas vary but in Manchester out of normal working hours the police (via a phone call to their working number NOT 999) will issue a FWIN for an injured stray or wild animal but the police have to ring a specific vet who they deal with to collect the animal and the vet will not accept FWIN numbers from members of the public. The vet then sends out a collection vehicle.During normal working hours if the animal is big or not handle able then the police will issue a FWIN but not for things like birds they can be taken by the finder to a local vet. You can try the rscpa and wait several hours for a harassed ACO but please do not have a go at the ACO for taking so long they are stupidly overworked and in our area l think at present 3 cover the whole of the NW full time.

    Vets in UK are legally obliged to provide first aid it even if that is just putting the injured animal down.

    I know some vets who will try and refuse to treat wild animals or injured strays but stamp hard on their necks and mutter rcvs disciplinary or local newspaper coverage that generally works.

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