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Great Blue Heron struggling to recover
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The Great Blue Heron that had been shot outside Manteca several weeks ago near Raymus Village continues its battle for recovery from an infection that has centered into the Ulna bone near its right wing. - photo by Photo Contributed

An elegant Great Blue Heron continues its fight to live at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Hughson.
The bird was found injured on the roof of a Raymus Village home in the northeast portion of the community east of Highway 99 and north of Lathrop Road when the homeowners returned home in the early evening hours.  It was not until the next morning that they could get the Heron safely off the roof and transport him to the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Hughson.
“He was shot and has a hole right through his wing, breaking the ulna, one of the bones between the wrist and elbow,” a staffer wrote. “Since the radius, another bone between the wrist and elbow, is not broken, it is acting as a splint for the ulna, so we don’t need to wrap his wing as long as he stands quietly, which he is doing.  However, it is almost impossible to get rid of the infection that kind of injury causes.  We have been force feeding him since he came in and he has eaten some fish along with a mouse.”
Emma Corynne Andrade wrote on Facebook, “Yes, I am glad he is feeling better! Who would do such a thing?”
Andryane Hansen said only, “He’s beautiful.”
And, from Carrie Short: “I’m so glad to see you guys showing its progress! It was on the roof of one of my friends.  Glad to know he’s doing ok!”
Among the nearly two dozen who wrote their feelings, Tami Ingram opined, “He is beautiful.  Whomever shot him should be ashamed.  What the hell is wrong with people?”