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Wild birds are prone to a variety of diseases especially caused by internal or external parasites. Bumble foot (ulcerative pododermititis) is not common but is more so in domestic birds especially fowl that lacerate the feet on hard flooring or wire. The bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) causes infection and swelling. Wrens spend a lot of time on the ground but just how this one got bumble foot and died is a mystery, but way have picked it up from infected pheasants.