When we arrived we talked with the caller and asked where it was. She pointed out in the distance, in the middle of a corn field…about two football fields from us. We walked out and as we got closer the TUVU started to move away. We tracked it for another couple hundred feet before it started to turn around and go back to where we had come from. So we went after it going back the other way. We finally hustled fast enough to have Suz throw a towel over it and hold it for just long enough for us to pick it up. It was like an episode of the Keystone Cops and I wish someone had filmed it…quite classic.
We brought it back to Pine Valley. We hope and pray as always that the bird makes it. Thoughts and prayers for all our rescues.
Susan Hansen and Bill Oberg
04/28/2020 Xrays on this vulture showed that it had 3 pellets lodged in its wing. There were no open wounds but for some reason it has no tail feathers. It may have luckily escaped an attempted attack. It cannot fly so we are keeping it until its tail feathers grow back in and it regains its strength.Lynne sent out a universal text to all rescuers about a TUVU down in a field in Convoy Ohio. No one responded so, Suz and I went to retrieve it.
05/05/2020 This guy is now at our rehabilitation facility. Where it will have more room to move around. In a couple of weeks we will start working with it to determine if it has regained its ability to fly
06/06/2020 This vulture is still not attempting to fly. We have contacted one of our volunteers with a larger flight pen. We will move it there to give it more opportunity to fly
06/29/2020 We have moved this bird to a volunteer with a larger flight pen. It seems to be enjoying the larger space