09162017 Red-tailed Hawk - 2

Location of Rescue: 
Bluffton, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Emaciation, dehydration, parasites
UPDATE: 11/11/2017 - This bird is doing fantastic! He passed live prey school Friday 10/20. He was released 10/29.

Initial exam:  This juvenile red-tailed hawk was emaciated, dehydrated and had flat flies.  Blood work revealed a mild anemia and radiographs did not reveal any fractures.  He was treated with ivermectin and poultry powder for the flat flies, subcutaneous fluids for dehydration and tube feeding for nutrition.  He has a poor prognosis due to his severe emaciation.

He is a survivor!  He finally gained enough weight to be moved from an ICU cage to a flight pen with several other red-tails. 

He began creance flying today and did great for his first time!

He is doing very well in his flight conditioning.  He flies without becoming winded, he can turn well, he flies without struggling.  He may be ready for release soon!

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