A Minnesota wildlife rehab center is caring for dozens of baby pigeons who were found trapped in an "attic prison."
Wildwoods in Duluth says pigeons had been nesting in a man's attic for years because of a broken window, but city officials told him he had to remove them. So the man apparently chased the adult birds out of attic, and then put chicken wire up to cover the window.
All of the baby pigeons were trapped inside, and their parents had no way to feed them, with Wildwoods calling the conditions "deplorable."
Three days later, someone called police to report a case of animal cruelty, and Stone River Wildlife Control was asked to check out the scene.
When people with Stone River arrived, they "could see pigeons clinging to the chicken wire trying to get out." When they looked in the attic, they found "dead babies, unhatched eggs, and 29 starving young pigeons," Wildwoods says.
The baby pigeons were brought to Wildwoods to be cared for, with the center saying this is the most of any animal species that has been brought in at once.
Wildwoods says not all of the birds could be saved, though, noting they were "heartbreakingly emaciated."
Twenty-four birds are still alive. Wildwoods says it takes two people 45 minutes to feed all of the birds, and they have to feed them three times a day. The nonprofit is asking people to donate Exact Formula to help them feed all the birds.
If you're interested in donating formula, you can buy it off Wildwoods' Amazon Wish List here.
"We will try our best to make up for the horror they experienced and their loss of loving parents," Wildwoods wrote on Facebook.