Weekly hospital update – Week of July 18

The hospital received 224 animals last week, bringing the total to 3325 for this year.

Five of the patients were young white-throated swifts. Swifts spend most of their day aloft, feeding on insects in midair. They commonly nest in cliff crevasses, and under overpasses and other structures in our area. If they land on the ground, they are unable to take off because their wings are long and their legs are short. If they leave their nests before they can fly well, they are likely to end up grounded and unable to get off the ground.