Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Bandit, a cedar waxwing, was admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre and diagnosed with a fractured ulna, one of the bones of the wing. The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the WCVM and they aided in Bandi’s care. He responded well to stabilization by means of non-surgical treatment using a body wrap (visible orange bandage in photo), and follow-up with radiographs (x-rays) two weeks later showed bone healing. With a positive outlook, the waxwing was sent to long term rehabilitation facility.
The cedar waxwing can survive solely on fruit alone for many months and occasionally they will become intoxicated after consuming overripe berries that have fermented. They eat so much fruit that a brown cowbird chick raised in the nest of a cedar waxwing will perish as it unable to develop on a high- fruit diet.