NEW ORLEANS, LA — A baby chick was fitted with two tiny splints on its legs after it was run over by kids on skateboards. The Humane Society is seeking help from the public to identify the youths responsible.
"People may laugh at the implausibility of trying to help a baby chicken with two broken legs, but that is what humane societies do,” Jeff Dorson, Director for the Human Society of Louisiana, said. “Our mission is to render aid to those that need it the most, and there is nothing more vulnerable than a baby bird.”
The incident happened on Monday, Sept. 2 near Independence and Marais Streets in New Orleans East. Officials say a witness saw two young skateboarders run over the baby chick.
“We are deeply concerned that the young boys responsible for this bird's suffering are still out there and we believe that this callous act of cruelty to a miniature creature is just a pre-cursor of things to come,” Dorson said. “We all know that violent tendencies displayed at an early age of a person's development often increase over time and continue to repeat themselves."
A Good Samaritan took the crippled bird to the Metairie Small Animal Clinic, where her broken legs were treated with the miniature splints.
The bird, now named Nan, is unable to stand or support herself. A small hammock has been placed inside her cage so she can eat meals and drink water while lying sideways.
“It is a difficult rehabilitation process, but she is trying to take small steps and is progressing a little each day,” Katrina Perkowska, Director of Kasia’s Ark Bird Rescue, the organization that took in Nan, said.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is investigating the case and working to identify the youth responsible for the bird’s injuries. If you know anything about this incident, call (888) 6-HUMANE.
Donations for Nan’s care may be sent to the Humane Society at P.O. box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax deductible.