Many baby birds had broken wings, mutilated legs and internal injuries. Dozens more were found dead.
HOUSTON – Dozens of injured and orphaned baby birds were rescued on Saturday after someone destroyed their nesting area, according to the Houston SPCA.
Several of blue herons and great egrets were found alive in trash bags that also contained dozens of dead birds.
Many injured birds had broken wings, mutilated legs and internal injuries.
A team from the Texas Wildlife Center saved 71 birds in all. They were called by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Young birds are cared for and treated by veterinarians and wildlife experts at the Wildlife Center. They will remain at the center until they can be released back into the wild.
The TPWD is conducting an ongoing investigation.
Photos: 71 birds rescued by the Houston SPCA
Migratory birds like egrets and herons are protected by state law and are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Over 1,000 species are protected by the MBTA and it is illegal to kill, harm or capture them.
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Here is some advice from the Texas Wildlife Center on what to do if you find a baby bird that needs help.
Each year, the Wildlife Center cares for over 12,000 native wildlife and over 360 different species.
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