Hummingbird hospital in a Mexico City apartment

Photo: (c) Fernando Llano/AP

Catia Lattouf's Mexico City apartment has become a sanctuary for sick hummingbirds. She took in one injured animal 12 years ago and now then her apartment has grown into a little clinic where she and her collaborator, Cecilia Santos, nurse the injured or baby hummingbirds back to health. They stay freely in her room until they are strong enough to fly and feed themselves after which they are moved to another room in the apartment before being released into the wild at a wooded area on the south-side of the city. 

She claims the first hummingbird she took in helped her get through a tough time in her life after her husband's death and her recovery from cancer.

57 species of hummingbird can be found in Mexico and about 350 species across the Americas. The 73-year-old has become an expert and reference source for bird lovers across Latin America. Her clinic also supports more formal institutions like Iztacala campus of Mexico's National Autonomous University, who often don't have the time and resources to take care of the birds. 

Photo: (c) Fernando Llano/AP



Author: Sylvia Jacobs

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