05302017 Peregrine Falcon
Thanks to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for dropping this bird off at Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic today! This is one of the Peregrine Falcon babies from downtown Fort Wayne. It is just over 6 weeks old, but already is beginning to fly! It probably ran into something as it was doing some of its first flights. Radiographs did not reveal any fractures, but the lungs/ air sacs were a bit cloudy. Physical exam revealed a small amount of fresh blood in his mouth. It looks like he does has some bruising in his lungs from a collision, so we will let him rest a few days then creance fly him to make sure he does not get winded. We will get him back downtown as soon as possible.
If you have not heard of the Peregrines in Fort Wayne, check out these links for information about the peregrine reintroduction in Indiana and about the Fort Wayne Peregrines. There is also a link to the live Falcon Cam from downtown Fort Wayne although there is not much activity now that the babies have fledged. Watch the Falcon cam in the spring and watch next year's babies hatch and grow!
We can tell from the band, which reads A17, that this guy is a male named Zazu.