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American Robin (Turdus migratorius) | by neil.fisher
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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bruce, an American robin, was found with injuries consistent with being the victim of a domestic cat attack, including a fractured sternum, fractured ribs, and soft tissue trauma. The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the WCVM and they aided in Bruce’s care. Fortunately, he responded well to treatment with antibiotics and pain relief, and was successfully gaining weight when he was transferred to a long term rehabilitation facility.

The American robin can produce three successful broods in one year, although only forty per cent of nests successfully generate young. Of fledged young, barely twenty five per cent survive past November and of all alive American robins only half will live another year. Regardless of the fact a lucky robin may reach fourteen years of age, the whole population turns over roughly every six years. Basically, it’s a tough life for a robin.

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Taken on September 19, 2016