03072019 Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Broken leg
UPDATE: 06/07/2019 - This red-tailed hawk has met all of its milestones in the rehab process and was released today to its forever home in the Lindenwood Nature Preserve!

The Soarin' Hawk rescue phone rang at 9:45 a.m. on March 7 - An Animal Care and Control officer had picked up an injured red-tailed hawk in the 800 block of Creighton Avenue - Could a volunteer meet the officer at Animal Care and Control, pick up the bird and transport it to Dr. Funnel for treatment?


Lynn had answered the SHRR phone and knew that Thursday was Ross's designated day for rescue and he was transferring the hawk to the Veterinarian by 10:30 AM.


By 6:00 PM Ross received a text message from Dr. Funnel that the bird had suffered a broken leg and had been transferred to the Soarin' Hawk ICU for further treatment.

This hawk has a pin placed to repair its broken leg.  Two days after the procedure it started standing.  It is still receiving medication for pain.  It has started to eat on its own.

This hawk is eating well on its own; it is standing but still not putting his full weight on his broken leg.

This hawk's condition is unchanged from last week. He is still favoring his broken leg, but he is perching.

This hawk is finally putting some weight on his broken leg and using his talons more. He has a healthy appetite - all good signs.

This hawk is still in our treatment facility but is still not completely putting weight on his leg that was broken.

This hawk has been moved to our rehabilitation facility.  He will have more room to move around and fly.  He needs to gain flying muscle strength, since he hasn't been able to fly while at our treatment facility.

This handsome hawk has begun creance flying, in which a bird is tethered to one of our trainers and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther.  Tethering keeps birds safe and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.  He is a strong flyer, but still needs a bit more practice before he can be released.

This handsome hawk is a strong flyer, and is nearly ready for release!

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