So much of wildlife rehabilitation relies on gut instinct. You have to open yourself to the animal, feel what it's feeling, empathize completely, sense what they need. When they're ready to go, they tell you. I wanted this bird to be bouncing off the tent walls before I let her go, so I waited 12 days. It still amazes me that she could go from a little stunned immobile wreck back to a thrasher, big as life, in only 12 days. What a gift.
If I didn't take her there, she'd have to fly there.