Photo by Craig Baxter.
Project Kereru's Nic Hurring, (left) SPCA Otago executive
officer Sophie McSkimming and SPCA vet nurse and animal
attendant Lisa Gerard release wood pigeons (kereru) on the
SPCA's grounds at Opoho this week.
Ms Hurring had rehabilitated the native pigeons after they
were handed in to the SPCA with injuries including one
(pictured) which had significant wounds probably from hitting
a window and then being grabbed by a dog, she said.
''It had terrible wounds on its wings.''
It had spent two months in the project's aviary recuperating.
The other two also had impact injuries from hitting windows
and had spent a month recovering in the aviary with one even
laying an egg, which was very unusual, she said. It was not
viable. Six wood pigeons remained in the aviary recovering
mostly from impact injuries.