I just regained custody of my B&G macaw, who had been stolen. His tongue has been split not at the front, but the back 1/2. Can I get the thief for animal cruelty? Would this be considered an act of cruelty?
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I just regained custody of my B&G macaw, who had been stolen. His tonguehas been split not at the front, but the back 1/2. Can I get the thief foranimal cruelty? Would this be considered an act of cruelty?

If someone here tells you "yes" or "no" what are you going to do? Go to the authorities and say "well someone on the net told me..". If your for real, which I tend to doubt, you should be asking the local authorities who you reported the theft to. What your "told" here will have no bearing on what happens in your case.
Good answer, Alex.
An avian vet would be the best person to
contact, IMO.
Regards
Get the vet's opinion and celebrate getting your bird back. You are very lucky, indeed.
His tongue has been split not at the front, but the back 1/2.

How do you know it has been split? Have you looked at other Blue and Golds tongue to see if this is normal?
Best to get to the Veterinarian to verify first of your concern.

I also will take this time to say to you even if it is normal that you are to be congratulated in your total observance and careful look see over your bird.

Please continue your observation for your Macaw for this is how one learns and finds quickly that the bird might need immediate attention from a qualified veterinarian.
Cherane Pefley
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After reading the post about the split tongue on the B&G I double checked my Greenwing and as I thought he also has a "split tongue" in the back. I still recommend having your bird checked by a vet but I'll bet he says his tongue is normal.
Carol
It has been split. When I first got him back, he wouldn't eat and there was an odor coming from his mouth. I asked around and figured it was sour crop. I made a vet appointment, but he got better on his own.
Thanks for the replies, and as for checking with the Humane Society/Animal Control there is one slight problem my 7-year-old son turned the hose on our officer the last time she came by my house to tell me my dogs were out! She muttered something, as she dripped, that sounded like "You'd better never need us again."
It has been split. When I first got him back, he wouldn't eat and therewas an odor coming from his ... to tell me my dogs were out!She muttered something, as she dripped, that sounded like "You'd better neverneed us again."

Unless a 7-year-old is being prompted by adults, directly or indirectly as a result of a perverse attitude, forgiveness is likely.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Let me get this straight your bird was stolen, you got it back, he wouldn't eat and there was an odor coming from his mouth, and you "asked around"?? If it were my bird we would have been at the avian vet's IMMEDIATELY upon the bird's return and I would have been taking my bird in for well-bird visits all along so finding an avian vet in an emergency wouldn't be a problem. geezz. . . .
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