10112019- Red Tail Hawk-01
So, here we go again. We had just returned home from several hours at the avian care and received a call from Lynne. She indicated that some folks near Jefferson Point had called in to report a Redtail that had been hanging around their house most of today. Suz and I looked at each other, looked at dinner, it was now 7pm and said what the heck, the bird comes first and it was 10 minutes from our house.
We arrived to find the caller had put the bird into a wicker basket and put the basket in her car. Nice people. We proceeded to take the bird from the basket and put it in our box. We thanked them and gave them our brochure. They indicated they would love to have the bird released back in their neighborhood if possible.
We drove straight back to the ICU, met with Kat and she did a thorough exam. She could find nothing externally wrong and gave it some fluids and pain medication. It appeared very listless. However, once we put it in the cage and observed it for a minute, the bird lept out of the cage and ran around the ICU. He saw his opening and took it.
He is now resting peacefully. Our thoughts and prayers go out for a quick and full recovery.
10/11/19 Initially evaluation showed dehydration , lethargy and a lax vent tone ( which could indicate a spinal injury). It was treated with fluids and pain medication. It will have xrays on Monday
10/22/2019 The xrays for this Hawk revealed a pellet in its intestinal tract. Other than this the bird is progressing very well. We will keep it under observation until the pellet has passed through its intestinal tract.