06112019 Turkey Vulture - 1

assessment
treatment
recovering
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Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
06/11/2019
Cause of Admission: 
Could not flee, old wing fracture
UPDATE: 09092019 This Turkey Vulture escaped from its handler during a training situation. It flew off and joined a group of other Turkey Vultures

We received a call on our rescue line stating that the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control crew had picked up an injured turkey vulture late in the evening on June 10th.  A Soarin’ Hawk volunteer picked up the very alert and feisty bird on Tuesday the 11th and transported it to Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Funnell will examine it sometime today.  Turkey vultures are very large and cumbersome birds for one person to handle so the volunteer wasn’t able to tell what the injuries were, and nothing was noted on the FWACC paperwork, so stay tuned!

06/12/19
This turkey vulture was moved to our rehabilitation facility. It will be determined if he can recover enough to be released with his old wing fracture.

07/01/2019 

This handsome bird began creance training, but still needs to gain some strength, so his training has been put on hold. (In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers, and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther. Tethering keeps birds safe, and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.) An interesting thing happened on the day he was creance-ing: After the first toss, 4 turkey vultures began to soar over our rehab facility at a low altitude so that they could have a better look at their buddy!

08/14/19

This handsome bird has been creance training, but has not done well. (In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers, and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther. Tethering keeps birds safe, and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.) He has been deemed non-releasable and is being trained to be an education bird.

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