Next up: a baby mourning dove

Our most recent patient is this baby Mourning Dove. It’s not uncommon to find young baby doves on the ground after they tumble from the nest, as doves’ nest-building skills are…lacking. Thankfully, they’re very attentive parents and will continue caring for their babies even if the nest was destroyed. A makeshift nest can be made using a homemade basket hung or placed close to where the previous nest was located. The majority of the time, the parents will return and continue raising their young. This is true of most songbird species and every effort should be made to reunite babies with their biological parents. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible for this precious little one, but he’s doing great in our care and we expect to release him back to the wild when he’s old enough!