I knew of a gorgeous farm that happened to have rescued animals on their property. I discussed this pheasant boy with them and found out that they had a large bird enclosure for rescued wild birds! Not only that, but they also already had a pheasant ... a girl who had lost her mate awhile back. Not only does our boy get a new home, but possibly a new girlfriend too!
I dropped him off at the farm, and watched as we released him into the bird enclosure. I was so worried there would be a fight, but all went so well as the birds checked him out. The girl pheasant came over and eventually did a little dance around him. The farmer owner laughed and said that she was "showing off" for him!
It was sad to leave him, but he is so well taken care of now that I cannot feel anything but thrilled about it. Despite the criticisms I heard such as,"You're not saving the world!" and "That's crazy!" and even more than you can imagine, I am so happy I asked to take him. He did not die a slow death in a garbage can. He lived.