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Fledgling Mousebird

torihanekom

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Hello everyone, this is my first post. I’ve read a very old thread “baby mouse bird needs help” which lead me to creating an account.
My husband and I found a baby mouse bird. It was storming bad here in Johannesburg last night. We waited around to see if any parents showed up. None. So now here I am, a huge bird enthusiast/watcher with a baby muisvoel.
I’m planning on going out to get some baby food (fruit) later today, but in the mean time I am feeding it blended banana with some electrolyte replenisher. Is a small baby syringe acceptable as a method of giving it the food or should I use something else?
I would LOVE to keep it as a pet, but I’m only here in South Africa until my husbands green card to America is ready, which could be very soon. (Months-wise)
If I were to release it back into the wild ( :( ) what should I do?
If I were to keep it as a pet, how could I bring it to America with me? I’m willingly to stay in South Africa longer if need be, I’ve been here for a year and a half now.

Will be posting more questions and pictures soon. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read and reply!
 

CheckeredTail

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Are there local wildlife rehabs you might be able to contact? They might have a place for a bird, sometimes they can help with releasing them or give you some advice, or if it's too tame they might also have a program of outreach. Depends a lot but they might be able to help!
 

torihanekom

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I have a number I found in the post I mentioned earlier. I have yet to call, have to wait for my husband to come home for the phone. I have no clue how close the man is though. I have a nice set up in the meantime for the baby, in a nest, in a bird cage. It’s very responsive and eats off of my fingers ❤ I’m going to weigh it and take pictures in a few minutes.
 

torihanekom

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It’s very attached to my hand...it hops right to it the second I put my hand in the cage. It eats pieces of banana from my finger, no longer going to use the syringe. I’m chopping up mealworm and mixing it with the banana as it shakes the mealworm pieces away or spits it out whenever I offer it.
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torihanekom

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Update! I’ve spoken to Soulie, of a rehabilitation center and learned no insects whatsoever, that explains why he didn’t want to eat it and also that we will be scheduling a meet up eventually where he can pick him up from me ❤ So I will be caring for the little one as is until that time! Hoping and praying he makes it through!
 

snada

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Hi I am in Durban and part of a wildlife rehabilitation center here. Has Soulie advised you on what you should be feeding the Mousebird? If you need any info on how to care for him until you can drop him off you can call or whatsapp me for any info you need. :) 0728010606
 

torihanekom

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Snada, yes he has! Thank you so much for reaching out to me! So I’m going out to get some Purity and AVI handrearing phase two today. Our little Bokkie is around 19 days ❤ He told me to keep doing what I’m doing until our meet. Here’s a pic of Bokkie this morning
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