Posted: Wednesday 20th July 2016 by Emyr MWT

As I write on Wednesday evening, 20th July, Ceri has gone almost three days without food. She last ate at 21:05 on Sunday evening.

 

Since she flew back to the nest on Monday at around 2pm, she has not flown since and despite making some modest food soliciting calls, she has not followed these up by facing Glesni when she has been there to feed her. Her appetite has not returned - yet.

 

 

Over the last 24 hours we have contacted and consulted with many experts in the fields of animal rescue and veterinary science regarding Ceri's situation, both here in the UK and the US.
There are a few common themes coming through loud and clear from these experts.

Here are some bullet points we've received from a veterinary doctor specialising in birds, Dr. Roy Earle in England, which sum up the general consensus and advice we've been given pretty well. This is copied and pasted from his email:

 

1) Ceri has had a clumsy fall from the perch, being a bit too cocky wanting to perch on it so soon after fledging - a simple loss of concentration/balance.

2) Likely to have damaged a ligament in the fall hence she got knocked off again (ed - by Tegid).

3) Damage does seem to be to that left leg which isn't gripping properly- noticeable when she arrives back in the nest after being knocked off again.

4) Ceri is safest in the nest where you can keep an eye on her, rather than try to intervene and have her perch elsewhere.

5) She looks fit and well prior to the incident, so unlikely to be a pre-existing illness (good news).

6) She's in pain and it's a waiting game to see if she'll eat and perk up.


This falls basically in line with our own thoughts (and decisions) since Monday.

Ceri has injuries that are consistent with a fall from the larch perch that have manifested themselves several hours after her fall - injuries such as bruising, strains and possibly ligament/tendon damage. It is important to understand that we are almost certain that no bones are broken and that these injuries will heal over time. A few days.

Ceri looks a lot more attentive and alert today. Yesterday she was hunched over, head down, eyes closed and 'standing' on her knees. This evening she is standing up properly on two legs and looking around. She is 'holding' her left wing, but this is consistent with bruising. It ain't broke.

She's also been pooping since all this happened, several times a day - so everything is fine there!

 

Here's Ceri late afternoon today..

 

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust would like to thank all of you that have commented on the Ceri situation since Monday - we read them all in-between the busy times and they mean a lot to us at this horribly distressing time. There is one question that comes up more than any other - Will we intervene and take Ceri to a Rehabilitation Centre?

First off - do we have an Intervention Policy? No we don't. Each situation is different and we make the best possible decision we can at any given point in time with one overarching priority - the long-term welfare of the ospreys. You may remember we have intervened on two occasions before - Ceulan in 2012 and Cerist in 2013. Thankfully both events were successful.

 

Ceulan

 

Will we intervene now and take Ceri from the nest? No we won't - she is in the best place for her right now. There are several compelling reasons why we won't take her from the nest at this stage; here are a few of them:

 

1. Ceri flew to the nest of her own accord. If we got anywhere near the nest and laddered up to it she would bolt. She could fly practically anywhere and the chances are we would never find her.

2. The area below the nest may look nice on the Live Streaming, but this is wet bog and marsh. Not only difficult terrain for humans to get to but extremely difficult for an injured osprey to fly out of. These bog rushes are three feet tall.

3. Ceri's brother, Tegid, only fledged 48 hours ago - how would all this human disturbance affect him? He's only ever landed on the larch tree, camera pole and nest before. There's a good chance he could end up in the bog too.

4. How would losing their two fledglings in just a few minutes affect Monty and Glesni?

5. This is deepest rural Wales - Rehab centres are few and far between. What if Ceri dies en route in the car? Ceri needs an environment that is as unstressful and restful as possible right now - like an osprey nest.


It is extremely humbling that so many people care about ospreys and wildlife these days as opposed to just a few years ago. We understand that the first thought of any caring and compassionate person, including us, is to take an animal to a vet and be healed when we see that animal in distress. However, at this chaotic and stressful time, now is the moment we need to be as calm as possible so we can make quality decisions that are in the best interest of the ospreys.


Ceri is in the best place for her right now. A place where she can rest with no external stresses, free from ground predators like foxes and high tides that could drown her - and in a situation where she has two parents that can feed her at any time of day or night.

 

Ospreys can go several days without food and water - they do so every year crossing the largest desert in the world - twice. Ceri has every chance of making it through this and migrating successfully to Africa. Right now, we think that those chances are greater if she stays where she is. Sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing.

We will continue to monitor the situation on a minute by minute basis and take expert veterinary advice as this fluid situation unfolds. We have contingency plans drawn up for all sorts of future eventualities if they are ever needed.

Thank you again for all your support and good wishes. We're staying positive, we will all make it through this - including Ceri.

Update: sadly Ceri died just a few hours after I wrote this blog.

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