After thanking the little girl for her kind actions, Raine took poor Pat to the vet, who cleaned off her feet completely, enabling her to walk properly again. The vet also determined that Pat was rather overweight for her age, which was probably why she was struggling to fly. Doctors decided to keep her for a while until she’s completely healthy again and can be successfully released back into the wild.
“It looks like the poor pigeon had fallen from her nest in a lot of muck and frost which had formed into balls on her feet,” Raine said. “We don’t often see young pigeons like this at this time of year and in these colder conditions. It’s very unlikely she would have survived on her own. She is now being looked after at the vet until she can lose her Christmas weight and learn to fly.”