03242018 Red-tailed Hawk

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Bruised elbow, dehydration
UPDATE: Upon weeks of rehabilitation the feather lice were gone and his bruised elbow had healed. On Thursday May 30, 2018 after our presentation at Our Lady of Good Hope School, we took the Red-tail to the back yard of their campus. At approximately 11:10 a.m., we released the haw from his carrier; he took off soaring, so far we couldn't see him anymore in the distance. It was a beautiful release.

On 3/24/2018 Soarin' Hawk received a call about a red-tailed hawk found by Bicentennial Park off Shoaff Rd.  The woman who rescued this bird said she found him by the side of the road.  He wouldn't fly and she thought he was acting abnormally.  He was brought to ICU where he was examined by Kat.  Kat found this bird to be dehydrated, with feather lice and a bruised right elbow.  She didn't feel any broken bones.  This bird received fluids, Ivermectin for the external parasites, and Meloxicam for any pain the bird may be feeling due to the bruised elbow.

Dr. Pat took this red-tailed hawk in for radiographs and thankfully there were no fractures, only a dislocated right elbow.  This bird will continue pain medication and have his wing wrapped to prevent him from moving it for the next month.  Otherwise, he is doing well.

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