06182016 Cooper's Hawk

Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
head trauma with possible concussion and eye injury.
UPDATE: The coopers hawk spent time with one of our partner rehabbers and while there, it appears to have regained his sight in the injured eye. He was then transferred back to our facility and kept in an individual pen where we gave him live prey. We observed that it was able to catch, kill and eat the live prey so we knew that he had the eyesight necessary for him to successfully hunt in the wild. He was then taken to Metea Park near Leo, IN for release.


Thanks to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for rescuing this Cooper's Hawk!  Our job would be much more difficult without the cooperation and help from many other organizations like Fort Wayne Animal Car and Control, Indiana Conservation Officers, local law enforcement and local veterinarians.  Many time they are the ones a citizen thinks to call when they find an injured bird.  We are thankful that the organizations care enough to pass on our information and often even pick up the injured bird for us.
This Cooper's Hawk flew into a window.  Cooper's are extremely fast and agile as they hunt smaller birds.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a Cooper's Hawk to not notice a window and fly into it at full speed.  The Cooper's was standing but was extremely quiet when we received him. No fractures were found on radiographs. Internal injuries are evident as there is space between his organs, but it is difficult to determine the severity based on the radiographs.  As you can see in the photo, his right pupil is larger than the left.  There is some blood inside his right eye as well as his mouth.  His diagnosis: head trauma with possible concussion and eye injury.  He will be kept in the dark and quiet for the rest of the day.  Cooper's Hawks are extremely high strung and nervous which makes them very difficult to rehab.
We will pray his injuries are minor and he will be returned to the wild soon!

This Cooper's Hawk is eating well on his own, but appears to be blind in one eye.  He was moved to a small outdoor flight pen where he is much happier.  He will be given more time to see if he regains eyesight in the injured eye.



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