Falconer - 05312017 American Kestrel - 1

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found in roadway
UPDATE: 07/08/2017 - This healthy kestrel was transferred to a falconer. Falconry is an ancient art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt then return to its handler. Typically, they are released back into the wild after one or two years. It actually increases their chance of survival as only about 50% of raptors live past their first yer. The falconry raptors are well cared for and are hunting extremely well before they are released back into the wild.

This little guy was lucky he didn't get run over as he was found in the road in a round-about! Thanks to the gentleman who cared enough to stop, pick the baby up and drop him off at Pine Valley Vet Clinic in Fort Wayne!

Initial exam revealed no injuries or illnesses. As an orphan, he will be raised with others of his species and we will careful raise him so he will not be imprinted on people. He will be released back into the wild in the late summer.

American kestrel 05312017 is doing well and eating small cut up mice on its own.

American kestrel 05312017 is doing well and eating on his own, soon will be going to the pens to see if it catches live prey.


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