This Great Egret was brought to Tri-State weak and thin with swelling in one of its “wrist” joints. The young egret was treated for internal parasites and given medication to help reduce the joint swelling. With medication and supportive care, the inflammation began to resolve and the juvenile bird was soon ready to stretch its wings in an outdoor cage. Once the egret was flying strong and ready to go, it was returned to a suitable habitat near the area it was found.
Release photograph courtesy of Tom Jones.