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I commend you for your care of the bird, but you had to know something bad would happen if you had to smuggle the bird in.
I did this with a baby bird also. I brought him into work and kept him in his nestbox in the ladies room (it was a pet store and the bathroom was private). My woman co-manager knew and kept it on the down low. Our boss, being a guy, had no idea. I would simply "use the bathroom" every 2 hours or so to quickly fill his belly (it only takes about 2 minutes). Not one of my proudest moments, but I couldn't let him just die, and the ungrateful little bastard blue jay grew into a strong healthy bird. unlike all the other birds I have reared, he never came back even once after being set free. But it's ok... Glad he got a chance at life.
So all you Americans know- raising wild baby birds without permits can land you in jail or with a $10,000 fine. Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects virtually all native species (only starlings, house sparrows and pigeons are except as they were introduced), and if a wildlife officer gets wind of that bird you can be in serious legal trouble. It's great to see so many kind hearted people, but unless you have no other options you should take the bird to a wildlife rehabilitation center. If you can't find one, ask your vet. Some vets may be certified and permitted too, or can direct you to who is.
You should just tell them. Its probably better than them thinking that youre shooting up heroin at work
Did I just see two people disagree on FML and then come to an amicable conclusion by talking it out??? Hell just froze over.
This actually made me happy to read. Not because of the unfortunate complications, but from how incredibly sweet you are, OP! I hope the situation is handled well!
Nice to know you have a big heart but seriously, seeing someone push a syringe toward their arm, the last thing I'd think was that they were feeding a baby bird...