11012018 Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Thanks to Conservation Officer Darren Reid for caring enough to stop and pick up this red-tailed hawk from the middle of the road and drive it all the way from South Whitley to Pine Valley Vet Clinic!
Initial exam by our avian veterinarian: This large red-tail was very alert but not standing. His weight was excellent and he had a very full crop! You can see the large bulge on this neck in the x-ray. Hawks will eat a meal very quickly; it is stored in the crop, a dilation of the esophagus, and then slowly moves down to be digested. Upon examination, he had a broken left humerus and blood in his trachea. The fracture should be repairable, but we will need to wait a few days until his internal injuries have had a chance to heal. This will make him less of an anesthetic risk. Thanks to Dr. Scott Taylor of Kendallville Animal Clinic for being willing to perform this surgery! Even though he was not standing, he had a very strong grip in his feet and fairly normal movement. He is probably very sore and weak from being hit and injured. He will be watched closely. His prognosis is fair if he makes it through the first 48 hours.