View of feet and legs
Note third leg at rear
These photos show a three legged tawny frogmouth. This bird is quite
well and is otherwise normal. He came in as a "puff ball" chick, and is
growing nicely. He is with three other tawnies at the moment and is accepted by
them. There is no problem with perching.
The leg is not actually attached to anything and the skin and feathers around
the area pull the vent sideways, so he "shoots sideways", (so beware the unwary
person)! It's aim is pretty good as I've had to get changed quite a few times
until I woke up to which way to aim it. My vet is willing to take the leg off
when it has grown enough to be able to tolerate the anaesthetic, although he
is a bit worried about the blood supply to area.
The third leg was removed by the vet. The bird recovered well and was released.
By Noelleen Gordon