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merlintherook
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Merlin is obviously not a rook, he is a person. at lest that is what we think he thinks he is,

this is advice we were given by Vanessa at Corvid Aid

"It will be very tricky dehumanising him if he is imprinted, if not impossible. Imprinted birds should under no circumstances be released.


    * Firstly, it is against the law to release any imprinted animal, even wild ones. The penalty is a massive fine! We’re talking thousands!

    * Secondly, it would most probably be a death sentence, a tame corvid would not last long once it started hanging around people for food or companionship, there are lots of people out there that hate corvids and will kill them if they catch them.


You will need to make a decision about his future. You could either take him to a rescue centre with others of his own kind, or you might decide to keep him youself, a big commitment, and one not to be taken lightly!"


Does anyone else want to share experiences of imprintment?

February 22, 2009 at 7:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

merlintherook
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merlintherook at February 22, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Merlin is obviously not a rook, he is a person. at lest that is what we think he thinks he is,

this is advice we were given by Vanessa at Corvid Aid

"It will be very tricky dehumanising him if he is imprinted, if not impossible. Imprinted birds should under no circumstances be released.


    * Firstly, it is against the law to release any imprinted animal, even wild ones. The penalty is a massive fine! We’re talking thousands!

    * Secondly, it would most probably be a death sentence, a tame corvid would not last long once it started hanging around people for food or companionship, there are lots of people out there that hate corvids and will kill them if they catch them.


You will need to make a decision about his future. You could either take him to a rescue centre with others of his own kind, or you might decide to keep him youself, a big commitment, and one not to be taken lightly!"


Does anyone else want to share experiences of imprintment?

Our feelings upon this subject have changed in light of recent events, it must be said.

We have thought long and hard, what counts as truly imprinted? If it is within the first few hours then surely if you rescue a bird who is four days old it will have already imprinted?

As has been said many times, Merlin often seemed to us like another person or a dog, but what were we really to him??

A food source, perhaps nothing more?

It's hard to tell; we know when he started to fly free he did entertain his "rook" side alot more than we would have liked, but who is to say that it wasnt in him all along - they do say with parrots that to have a truly imprinted bird you have to hatch it in your palms from an egg!!

Since he has been gone we have seen amateur "late builders" in the rookery, getting harrassed by older rooks, but, succeding against the odds - they have a nest!

Perhaps thats exactly where merlin is now, in the nest with lots of rooklings shouting at him all day long! It fascinates me to think that that's where he is but it seems equally plausible that that is most probably where he must be. So effortlessly back again in nature thanks to his hormones, after a brief spell as a bird/dog/person!

They are such amazing and intelligent creatures, and this is a very difficult subject to understand for people who care for birds.

Jo has found an article which you can read which she thinks pretty much sums it up

it's at

http://www.godsownclay.com/TawnyOwls/Articles/imprinting.html

She says just substitue the word "Rook" for the word "Owl" and that pretty much sums it up!

As I said, this is a difficult and delicate subject.

Josh

May 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

merlintherook
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Inkpen has returned to the wild with very little intervention from us, in fact whilst he was here he was more Reigny's rook than he was ours so he was hardly accustomed to humans at all.

This is the best situation he could have been in for a swift re-integration to the wild, but if a bird is more attatched to you and has more serious problems then it's release does need really serious consideration, especially if you have hand fed it to any large extent.

June 27, 2010 at 3:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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