07232019 Turkey Vulture - 2

assessment
treatment
recovering
healthy
Location of Rescue: 
Wabash, IN
Admission Date: 
07/23/2019
Cause of Admission: 
Fell from nest
UPDATE: 04/27/2020 The vultures are finally back and this guy was released over in Rochester, IN where he had been over wintering with one of our rehabbers. He released on a farm where a flock of vultures usually congregate. apparently he flew off before he could be video taped

We were called about a turkey vulture nest in Wabash, Indiana.  The barn they were in was being enclosed and the concern was the mom would be unable to find them to care for them.  A conservation officer went to pick them up for us, but by the time he got there one of the babies jumped from its nest.  We think it was startled by the noise.

One of our volunteers met the officer and took the two babies to be examined by our veterinarian.

One was discovered to have a broken ulna.  This baby is fine and will continue to receive care until he is fit enough to return to the wild.

08/02/19 This sibling is doing well and eating. it is definitely getting a turkey vulture attitude

08/09/19 This Vulture has been moved to our rehabilitation pens

08/14/19 – This little guy was rescued with his sibling from a barn that was being remodeled. He had no injuries, so he has been moved to our rehabilitation facility, where he can learn to fly and find food.

09/15/19 This guy has begun creance training, and is doing pretty 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 is going to stay with one of Soarin’ Hawk’s rehabbers, who will work with him to help him gain the strength he needs to be released.

10/01/19 This Vulture has also been moved to a local rehabber with a flight pen large enough for this bird to gain flight strength

PER A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH SHIRLEY NEEDHAM ON 12-21-19
THIS JUVENILE TURKEY VULTURE IS DOING WELL.  UP AND DOWN IN THE MEW TO BOTH HIGH AND LOW PERCHES AND ENJOYING DEER CARCASS THAT THE CO IS BRINGING IN. IT IS READY FOR RELEASE.  HOWEVER SINCE THIS IS A JUVENILE, SHIRLEY WANTED TO RELEASE IT IN A FLOCK OF VULTURES BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO WITH WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS ETC. SO SHE LOST THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY.
THIS JUVIE WILL BE RELEASED INTO THE RESIDENT FLOCK ONCE THEY RETURN IN THE SPRING OF 2020

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