07142017 American Kestrel

Location of Rescue: 
Manchester, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
very thin, may have been separated from parents before learning how to hunt
UPDATE: 09/15/2017 - This kestrel was deemed healthy and was released in a local natural area on 09/15/2017!

Hi everyone, my name is BO and I am an American Kestrel.

I want to share my story with you and say a special thank you to Engineer Dan and his crew. You see one of the men who works with Engineer Dan found me along the railroad tracks by the Poet Bio Refinery near North Manchester IN. They knew Engineer Dan has birds, so they gave me to him to make sure I was ok!! I got to ride on the train and then in a truck before going home with Engineer Dan. I heard him on the phone when he called Soarin' Hawk. They said they would come and get me. That kinda scared me since hawks are bigger than me and I don't really like them. But after taking another ride with Engineer Dan, he gave me to a really nice lady. When she picked me up though, I got scared so I bit her a few times ( trying to show her I was ok and l was mean). She talked really nice to me so I stopped biting her and let her look me over. She said I looked ok but I was a little thin. I was kinda thirsty and hungry but she didn't feed me. She took me on another ride in a JEEP. That was a long ride too, but after a while she took me to se Dr. Pat. She looked me over too but I didn't bite her since she was a dr.

I will keep you all updated on how I am doing in a few days.

BTW.... Hi Engineer Dan!!! I miss you!!!!

Upon initial examination of the male American Kestrel, it was found to be very thin.  He was still very alert and active.  No other problems were found.  Radiographs did not reveal any fractures or problems.  Since he was so thin, he was started out being tube fed a liquid diet, Carnivore Care.  The second day he was offered venison (no bone) and ate readily.  In a couple more days he will be offered whole prey.  It is possible he is this year's baby and got separated from his mom a little too early.  If he didn't know how to hunt, he was on his way to dying from starvation.  We will fatten him up and make sure he can catch live prey before he is released.

He is gaining weight well and enjoying a large flight pen with lots of other orphaned kestrels.  He will have to catch live prey before he is released.

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