Action 13 comes to the rescue for birds in danger

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It was just last week that we came to the rescue of a precious little dog that got stuck in a drain. Its owner elated to have him back. Well, no joke here, duty has called again.

This time it was two little birdies in a world of trouble after falling out of their nest. And again, it was Action 13 to the rescue.

We got a call from Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez, the birds had fallen from a nest onto a busy parking garage ramp and he needed help getting them to safety.

The young grackles fell from their nest a few days ago and were in desperate need of a helping hand.

"We have this parking lot with this deep well and they are either injured or too young to fly so they are either going to get run over by a car or eaten by a cat," said Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez.

Sanchez asked us to help save the birds. So we grabbed two recycle bins and got to work.

Even with an angry mother grackle diving at our heads, we managed to secure the babies in just over a minute.

"I saw your story with helping out the dog and I thought if you could help us with these birds, we sure would appreciate it," said Sanchez.

Vets say the birds have some damage from poor nutrition. The birds are now under the care of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition. Executive Director Roslyn Evan says the birds needed a helping hand.

"They would get smashed by a car or get hit or not survive because they could not find enough food," said Evan.

The good news for these grackles, it'll only be about two months in rehab before they are able to be released back into the wild.

The rehab coalition oversees hundreds of bird and animal rescues every year.

Spring is the busiest time of year and resources are stretched thin.

That's why Sanchez had us make another delivery, a $200 donation to help the rescuers save more living creatures.

"We have his address so we can send him a thank you. We appreciate that so much and we appreciate you guys actually going out and doing the rescue," said Evan.

The Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition is holding summer camps for kids, if you'd like to find out more or make a donation to them, visit
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