A bird malnourished in Stuy Town? It happens thanks to feeders: rescuer

Animal rescuer and rehabilitator Marilyn Pascarelli recently found a pigeon who became ill from being fed bread.

Animal rescuer and rehabilitator Marilyn Pascarelli recently found a pigeon who became ill from being fed bread.

By Sabina Mollot

Take a look at any of the squirrels in Stuyvesant Town or Peter Cooper Village and it is clear that both complexes are home to the most well-fed squirrel population on the planet. The fact that ST/PCV is also a known bird sanctuary is also evidence of just how many residents enjoy feeding the various types of birds, too.

However, one Stuyvesant Town resident and animal rescuer and rehabilitator is hoping to change this practice by warning neighbors that they be doing their feathered friends more harm than good by feeding them. Or more specifically, by feeding them bread.

Marilyn Pascarelli, a volunteer with City Critters who’s also the neighborhood’s go-to gal for retrieving runaway pets and wounded strays, was recently contacted about a baby pigeon found in Stuy Town that was unable to fly. It was also barely able to walk, witnesses noticed, as it attempted to wobble along on a sidewalk near 277 Avenue C.

“He wasn’t sure what he was doing or where he was going,” she said.

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