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I have found an injured rook. I am worried about taking him to the vets and them euthanising him. Do you know if they are obliged to care for him, or if I can insist they do not euthanise him?

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The finder of an injured animal remains the responsible guardian for the animal until he or she hands over this responsibility to a rescue or a vet. Vets will often let you sign a form, which then formalises this. This means that the vet will be in charge as soon as you have signed this form and he or she will be legally allowed to make all decisions within the limits of the signed disclaimer, which may include euthanasia. Rescues may do similar things. Therefore it is always important to check whether rescue or vet are corvid friendly, and to read the small print including the euthanasia policy before signing anything.