...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Remarkable Recovery: Students Save Rare Gouldian Finch and Nurture it Back to Health
In an inspiring tale of compassion and dedication, students at Duchy College Rosewarne in Cornwall have successfully rescued and rehabilitated a rare Gouldian Finch named Jester.
After falling from its nest and nearly perishing, the chick was revived and nurtured back to health using a meticulous method involving a tiny paintbrush.
A Precarious Situation:
Jester, a baby Gouldian Finch native to Australia, faced a perilous fate after tumbling from its nest.
It was the observant students at Duchy College Rosewarne who discovered the fallen chick, weighing a mere 1.4 grams, alongside another unfortunate sibling that did not survive the fall.
Determined to help, the students embarked on an extraordinary journey to save Jester’s life.
A Rescue Effort and Unwavering Care:
The dedicated students, supported by the college’s bird collection facilities, took it upon themselves to nurse Jester back to health.
Initially showing signs of life after being warmed in the hands of a technician, the tiny finch required delicate feeding using a fine tip paintbrush dipped in nourishing formula.
With constant attention and care, Jester made remarkable progress and began entertaining her caretakers.
The recovery process was not without challenges.
Head Technician for Animal Management, Katrina Sullivan, played a crucial role in Jester’s rehabilitation.
She recalls the intense care required during the first three days, with Jester being fed every 30 minutes using the fine tip paintbrush.
Gradually, the feeding intervals extended to every hour over subsequent weeks.
Jester’s strength and resilience shone through, especially during a critical period at eight days when her health briefly deteriorated.
However, she rallied and steadily improved.
Flourishing and Delighting Everyone:
Jester, the beautiful Gouldian Finch with red-headed and lavender-breasted plumage, has become a beloved member of the college community.
Reaching her developmental milestones, Jester now weighs a healthy 24 grams and spends her days enchanting both staff and students with her playful antics.
Her lively nature earned her the name “Jester,” reflecting her entertaining demeanor.
While her small size demands caution to avoid accidents, Jester’s sassy attitude and love for biscuits and crisps add to her charm.
Her successful rehabilitation serves as a testament to the importance of preserving and nurturing threatened species.
The heartwarming journey of Jester, the Gouldian Finch, showcases the power of compassion and dedication in saving and rehabilitating a vulnerable creature.
Thanks to the students at Duchy College Rosewarne and the unwavering care provided by Head Technician Katrina Sullivan, Jester has overcome adversity and thrived.
Her playful nature and remarkable recovery bring joy to all who encounter her.
This tale underscores the significance of conservation efforts and the positive impact that individuals can have on protecting endangered species.