Hercules was found on the ground by Leslie Johnson who quickly reached out to Valerie at the Ark. He is a brave and strong baby who's life was saved by Leslie and her willingness to spend some time helping him stay out in the yard with his parents rather than just running him into rehab in a box. Leslie's name for this little guy is so fitting, but we kind of think Leslie is a hero too <3
This is how Hercules stayed 'home' ...
A photo to Val allowed her to determine Hercules was feathered enough to be a candidate for a makeshift nest where his parents could visit and continue to feed him even if they had other babies they were still feeding in the original nest that Hercules fell from. Val had Leslie put the baby into an open box with an old t-shirt (bird's claws can get stuck in towels). The box was placed in the yard and Leslie committed to steadily watching the box for at least 30 minutes to see if mom and dad blue jay would come to feed him. A mere TEN MINUTES LATER Leslie calls Val back to say she already sees the parents answering their baby's cries for food and feeding him in the box!
Next step was to create a substitute nest. Val recommends plastic jugs as they lend themselves very well to an easy 'build' and the handles allows for an easy way to attach the 'nest' to a tree, bush, etc. Leslie poked holes for drainage in the bottom of the jug and used Natural Materials to line it (paper towels and t-shirts, etc. can get wet and then stay wet and cold whereas natural materials will shed the water and dry quickly).
Check out the photos below to see Hercules and even the photo of his parent coming to the jug nest to feed <3
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