Three hawks followed me today in traffic, then I had this wonderful story appear in my inbox from a friend.
Some of you may remember that back in August we found an injured hawk in our backyard. It was unable to fly, very unsteady on her feet. So we caught it ,put it in a cage. We hand feed the hawk for several days. After contacting Department of Natural Resources and several rehab facilities, we could not get anyone to come and pick up the hawk, which we had then named it Tony. My co-worker Sue got in touch with Dr. Rachael Jones at Southlane and she took the hawk in. She treated the hawk for west nile virus, not sure if it would survive. Happy to say the hawk responded well to the meds from Dr. Jones and was moved to a rehab flight cage to re-learn to fly and hunt. She has since been release back into the wild! We were all especially pleased to know that she did beat all odds. J PS. Turns out, “Tony” was a girl…renamed Antoinette. A picture of her is towards the bottom of this E-mail. She is so beautiful.
Take care, Jen
This is what Rachael Jones posted this weekend:
Raptor release news: The debilitated young female red-tailed hawk that in August was brought to Southlane Veterinary Hospital , suffering from neurological disease, has been successfully released! After intensive nursing care and intermediate rehabilitation at in the avian ‘ward’, she was transferred to a falconer with flight cages , where she exercised, improved her coordination and practiced her hunting skills. Happily, she was set free last week! Considering that the survival rate for west nile virus red-tails has been about 60% mortality rate even with intensive care, we are delighted that this gal beat the odds. Thanks to Carole Riewe of Owl Acres for moral support during her rehabbing and for providing transport to her flight cage site.