A nifty trick to straighten the legs of a newborn Elliot’s pheasant proved a strapping success for one lucky bird.
The chick was born with splayed legs and couldn’t walk, so keepers strapped them with medical tape to ensure the best chance of survival.
Birds Section Leader, Kellie Piper, said: “By taping the legs together we allowed them to strengthen and straighten. If we hadn’t have intervened the chick probably wouldn’t have survived.
“We kept them strapped for five days, while keeping a close eye on the bird, but it did the trick and he’s now fully fit and has almost doubled in size and is back running around in the aviaries with the rest of the pheasants.”
Caption: Before and after – The newborn chick with his legs taped (left) and (above) fully recovered with straightened legs with Birds Section Leader, Kellie Piper.