08152019 Red-tailed Hawk - 1

assessment
treatment
recovering
healthy
Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
08/15/2019
Cause of Admission: 
Unknow
UPDATE: 08/25/2019 - This guy was released today near where it was found. The folks who made the initial report, Mike & Sharon W., asked to be present for the release. This guy really took his time deciding to go, like 4+ minutes, even taking a moment to eye a Pomeranian that was near by. After takeoff, this juvenile made a not so graceful landing in some distant trees. Good luck young one!

Via volunteer Ross:

Dispatch called about 11:30 a.m. to pick up a juvenile red-tailed hawk in northeast Fort Wayne.  Seems the bird had regained some energy after it was picked up and placed on its back in an SUV barely conscious.  I decided the best course would be to cover it with a light sheet or towel and hope it didn't attack my head/face in the process.  Luckily it had calmed down from its initial excitement (see photo) and I transported it to Pine Valley Vet Clinic without further incident.

08/15/19 Initially evaluation did not reveal any serious injuries. Will be kept in the treatment facility under observation and treated for any possible pain and infections

08/22/19 This Hawk has respopnded will enough to its treatment that it has been moved to our rehabilitation facility. It will be given a couple of days to aclimate to its new environment and then we will begin creance flying. This is when we tether a bird and allow it to fly in a controlled environment. This allows us to keep track of its ability to fly properly

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