Gross Fowl Tale

One of the garden Guinea Fowl got its foot tangled up in some fishing line. It hopped on one leg during winter and only survived because Gavin fed the creature twice a day. Gavin made a few attempts at a rescue capture but the wild flapping and high pitched screeching put paid to that idea – the bird was also a bit flustered.

Last week, suddenly, there was no more limping and the line was gone. So, too, was one of three toes which pitched up on the paving in the back garden.

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3 Responses to “Gross Fowl Tale”


  1. 1 shoreacres October 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Good grief. Do you think that the line itself was the cause of the “surgery”? I’m assuming it cut off the blood flow, or something, and literally amputated the toe.

    And the bird’s ok? I assume so – and good on Gavin, for helping it along over the winter. Lucky bird, to have a little support during its recovery!

  2. 2 Jeannine October 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Yip, cut off the blood flow until it fell off. The pic doesn’t give a sense of scale, but that toe is HUGE – about 6cm long. It disappeared soon after I photographed it, so am assuming something else in the garden had a tasty snack.

  3. 3 oh November 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    A lively tale – (love your critter stories) and kudos to Gavin!
    Thank goodness bird is walking and hopefully forgotten what he went through.
    The picture really sharpens the reality.
    That something “snacked” on it is the happy side of circle of life.


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