09082017 Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Allen County, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Thinness, flat flies
UPDATE: After making sure he could hunt live prey and could fly well, this baby was finally released back into the wild! We pray he does well and goes on to have babies of his own!

Thanks to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for picking up this bird!

Initial exam:  This immature red-tailed hawk was very thin and had flat flies.  Radiographs did not reveal any fractures.  He is probably what we call young and dumb; he left or was separated from his parents before he could hunt well enough to survive on his own.  Luckily, this bird is not is as bad a shape as many "young and dumb" and has a fair prognosis for recovery.

He is eating very well and gaining weight.  Today he was placed in a flight pen with other red-tails.

He has begun creance flying today to build up his muscles.  Raptors are true athletes and need to be in good physical shape to fly and catch their prey.

He remains very feisty!  This bird is waiting to be live fed.  He is a strong flier.  After he can pass live prey school he will be ready for release. 

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