05272017 Red-tailed Hawk

Location of Rescue: 
Downtown Fort Wayne
Admission Date: 
UPDATE: Released on June2 Update 5-30-2017: Radiographs did not reveal any fractures. He is alert and acting normal. He will be Creance flown today. If he flies well, he will be released in the next couple days. We love happy endings like this one! But if it had not been for the man who rescued him and brought him to us, the ending may have been very different.

A couple of friends were walking downtown in Fort Wayne when they noticed two Peregrine Falcons chasing a large bird. They continued walking and all the sudden the large bird fell from the sky smacking the concrete with a loud thud. One of the friends ran over and picked up the large bird since he landed in the street. The bird was unconscious but the gentleman could feel a slowed heart beat.  Within no time he regained consciousness and his heart rate increased.

The friends contacted Soarin Hawk and I was dispatched for a rescue. As I was approaching the intersection, I could see one of the gentlemen was holding a gorgeously light colored juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

The Red-tail was very alert and feisty. I could not find any obvious injuries on the initial field exam. So off to see Dr. Funnell.  Dr. Funnell also could not find any injuries so she will do Radiographs on  Tuesday!



Initial examination: This very pale colored Red Tail Hawk was alert but subdued. No injuries were found on exam.  He was placed in an outside pen by himself so we can monitor his food intake.  He will be radiographed after Memorial Day

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