08052017 Red-tailed hawk - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Howe, IN
Admission Date: 
UPDATE: Since we confirmed this bird didn't have Aspergillosis, he was ready for release; we just had to wait for the snow to melt! He was released on January 15th.

On August 5, 2017, volunteer Kim received a call from the rescue coordinator asking if she could contact a homeowner to coordinate a pick-up location for a red-tailed hawk that was found on their property in Howe, IN.  The family has 20 acres of land and they were out looking for their father when they happened upon a red-tailed hawk.  The hawk was hobbling along using its wings to prop itself up.  They easily contained the bird and contacted Soarin’ Hawk. 

Kim met the homeowners in the Home Depot parking lot on Lima Road.  The bird was very alert and feisty, but thin.  He was dirty, had tons of flat flies, and upon examining his right leg, it was apparent that the femur was either dislocated or broken.  He will need to have radiographs to verify the injuries.

Radiographs revealed a shattered distal right femur and surgery is not possible.  The plan is to see how it heals on its own and to start physical therapy on August 16, 2017.

​His leg is starting to heal.  He stands during the day, but lies down at night to sleep.  Physical therapy on his leg will start soon.  He remains in ICU.

This bird's leg has healed wonderfully.  Unfortunately, respiratory issues surfaced when we began to creance fly him.  It is possible he has developed aspergillosis.  If that is the case, his prognosis is extremely poor to return to the wild.

This bird has been banging up his right wrist and was moved to a larger pen to help prevent any further damage.  Sterile honey and a bandage has been applied weekly.  We believe this bird could have aspergillosis which is a fungi.  This bird will be taken to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Monday 11/13/17 to be scoped. 

He is being creance flown and is doing very well!  He will hopefully be released soon!

This bird did not have aspergillosis.  He is doing well and will be released as soon as some snow melts.  Small prey burrow under the snow and make it difficult for the raptors to find.  So we wait for some snow to melt so the birds can find prey and at least know best place to start looking for prey once we get more snow.

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