“A Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) was found injured behind the Indoor Sports Hall (ISH) yesterday, on 25 October by Song Ze (Class 3-2) and Perry (Class 3-3) at around 1230 hrs (above, below).
“This is a common resident bird with the conservation status of ‘Least Concerned’ under IUCN. It has a pale bluish forehead, and black-white barrings along the neck and sides (above). It is usually found feeding on bare ground and short grass.
“After examining the bird and comparing with the images on the internet, students concluded that it might have broken one of the toes on the left, and no other visible wounds were observed (above, below).
The Zebra Dove was handed over to *ACRES Wildlife Rescue Team who came to our school at 1445 hrs (below). We will be doing a follow-up with ACRES on the status of this bird in a few days’ time. Thank you ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) for responding to our call!
“If you see any animal that is sick/injured, in distress, or require protection, take a clear picture of the animal and report the sighting to the General Office immediately. Ms Lye Zhen Xi and myself will be informed and we will respond to the case as we were trained as wildlife rescue volunteers with ACRES (below).
“Postscript: I’m saddened to find out from ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) that the Zebra Dove that we handed over from school didn’t survive the journey and eventually went to a better place. RIP, little Zebra Dove.”
Jacob Tan Guanrui
Senior Teacher (Biology)
Commonwealth Secondary School
2nd November 2018