Say Hello to Hercules. The newest member of the Wildlife Planet / End Yulin 2017 Family
Let me explain how Hercules became a part of the family. We are not a rescue operation but for whatever reason, this year Wildlife Planet has been receiving a ton of phone calls about rescuing baby animals.
We usually send them to the appropriate rescue operation. This morning I received a call from the Madris family. They live near us so I decided to go and visit.
What I found was a newly hatched baby sparrow. It looks to me the poor thing was blown out of its nest, or the mother just felt that it had too many mouths to feed.
The baby could not have been more than a day or two old and the Madis’s did their very best trying to keep the little guy going. But raising a baby bird is even more intense than a baby. The good news is they won’t be siphoning money or borrowing the car for years and years LOL.
But for the 2 or so months it’s a 24/7 job. Since the nest was unassessable to return Hercules back with its mom. Seeing no other choice I took Lil Herc off the Madris’s hands.
They named him Hercules and the name seemed appropriate. You would have to be pretty tough to survive a fall from the height its nest was located.
We will update this page every morning with how Lil Herc is doing. We will do everything we can to give him the best chance to survive.
I guess now he’s our little baby and like every parent, we’ll want him to grow up to be the biggest, best-looking sparrow, this side of the Mississippi.
Hercules didn’t look well at all. The Madris’s was trying to feed him chopped up worms and whatever they thought would be best for Lil Herc. But they said he didn’t eat for a few hours.
As soon as I got him home I set up a nest, with a heat lamp and started getting some wet cat food into him. Within an hour or so he really perked up. So fingers crossed we will update this page Tuesday, June 13th around 7 am e.s.t.
So Keep your fingers crossed we will update this page Tuesday, June 13th around 7 am e.s.t.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Our cable has been out for the past few days. Unfortunately, Herc passed away going into Day 3.
I really thought he was doing well. At the start of Day 2, he was chirping and opening his mouth to eat. He really had some pep. I fed him every 15-20 minutes and everything was good but something seemed wrong.
I didn’t notice on day one because babies are so fragile I didn’t want to touch him except to change it’s bedding after he pooped. But when I gave him his initial exam on day one nothing seemed out of the ordinary and he was using his wings almost like legs to push himself up to eat
But when I turned him over his belly area was much more bloated from day one and it was pretty bruised up. He did fall a good 30 feet to the ground so the bruising may have been there, or something internally may have given way.
I stayed with him all day but he just kept getting worse. He didn’t seem to be in pain, he was more just resting, and while he tried to eat, he just didn’t seem to have the strength. I know Herc had an infection, which most likely was the cause of Herc’s passing.
I was pretty sad about his passing but one thing that can never be taken away Between the Madis’s and myself he had three people who loved him. Safe to say not many sparrows could say they had an impact like that in less than a week.
R.I.P. Lil Hercules. You fought to the end and I will miss you Lil buddy.