12212017 Red-tailed Hawk

Location of Rescue: 
Huntington, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Injured crop
UPDATE: 05/06/2018 - Sometimes we call some of our birds "miracle birds." This bird is a case in point. After the second round of antibiotics, we finally flew her on a 135 foot line, and she flew beautifully! We flew her for about three weeks to make sure she was conditioned enough to be released. Five months after we picked her up, she was released in the same area that we found her back in December. Releasing a bird after she has been through so much is very emotional, as you will see in the video. We can't help but feel some attachment to them, but we know we are fulfilling our mission to get these wonderful ambassadors back out into the wild.

A gentleman called Soarin' Hawk about a hawk on the side of the road at Highway 16 and 500 North in Huntington.  He picked it up and transferred the bird to one of our volunteers who met him in Roanoke.  The bird was then taken to Dr. Funnell for assessment.  The bird appeared to have an injury to his crop.

This bird had a ruptured crop as well as other minor abrasions. Fortunately, Dr. Pat was able to repair the crop. The injury healed well. This bird was taken out to the pens and creance flying was going to be started when one of the volunteers noticed he was breathing hard and panting.  The bird immediately came back to ICU. Blood was drawn for additional testing and no abnormalities were found.  Another center is reviewing all diagnostics and will give us advice on how to proceed.

Although he recovered quickly from his ruptured crop, he has been battling respiratory problems of which the underlying cause is still undetermined.  He was just moved to an outdoor flight pen from ICU.  His prognosis for release is guarded.


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