The other morning, we were sitting on the porch having breakfast, and along comes a boomer. I started to chase here away, when we noticed she was hopping in an odd fashion. I suddenly realized right front paw was gone!
Needless to say, we became quite concerned for her (she looks like a her, but we can't know for sure). Here's where our change of heart came in...I went to the bird feeder and took out a small handful of sunflower seeds to place on the floor at the end of the porch. Initially she backed off, but then came back and enjoyed her easy access breakfast. Then Johny went in and got her a pecan fresh from the shell...he put it up on the railing and sure enough, she jumped up and nibbled quiet adeptly with one paw. I have to admit she is the only one we have softened up to, the other 2 boomers still get squirt gun shot at and chased away!
Today her injury appears to be healing although I noticed her left thumb (I don't know what it's called) is also missing. She keeps coming back for the little nibbles we leave for her, and now that we have a soft spot for her we will keep doing so. We've even named her Noarm and are training her in a Pavlovian method...you know, call her name, put out the nuts, back off and see if she'll come..so far, she has.
We keep wondering what happened to her, but she's a trooper boomer and seems to be bouncing back beautifully. Nature is amazing...survival of the fittest...obviously a very strong and adaptable boomer, in spite of missing a limb! She's out there scavenging for most of the day, and only stops by in the mornings, so though we may be spoiling her a little, I don't think we are doing her harm by making at least one meal easy to come by.
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