Cooper's Hawk Rescue #08312018

Update : This bird was not in our care for long and has since been released!
Dr Funnell checked this guy out this morning and after a few days rest in our treatment and recovery unit it was determined that he was ready to go home.  I drove him to a wooded area just down the street from the American Red Cross, where he was originally picked up, and opened the box and off he flew.  We stayed and observed him for a bit as he hopped from branch to branch going higher and higher until he finally flew off.  We hope that he is a bit more careful in the future and avoids windows!
 

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: 

I received an early morning call from our rescue coordinator asking if I could pick up a hawk at the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.  I arrived and was promptly taken to the back where they had a crate covered with a towel.  Upon lifting the towel I saw a very frightened juvenile Coopers Hawk looking at me.  I was able to reach in and gently grab its body and place it in my rescue box.  They actually picked up this bird around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday the 30th   at the American Red Cross facility on California Road.  Once in my vehicle I made contact with the actual caller to FWACC.  Ashley and her husband found the bird outside the American Red Cross’ window along with a dead sparrow, which was most likely the intended target of the Cooper.  It appeared that both had crashed into the window.  She thought that it appeared the Cooper had an injured left wing.  I delivered the bird to our treatment and recovery unit where it was examined and determined to be a bit dehydrated and it had a small abrasion on the left foot and a slight left wing droop but no bruising was noted.  He was given subcutaneous fluids and will be taken to Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic by Dr Funnell, for radiographs, just to make sure that there are no fractures in the left wing.  Prognosis is very good for its return to the wild!

Intake Number : #08312018COHA

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