Wildlife Center Works with Adobe to Successfully Rehabilitate Hawk
On January 21, 2011, the Wildlife Center received an injured Red-Shouldered Hawk.
The hawk had come in to the Center when a volunteer found her in the road favoring her left wing. The initial exam showed no fractures, but due to her injuries she leaned to the left of her low-stimuli enclosure. To prevent her from aggravating her injuries, a special donut shaped support was made. Once the hawk had stabilized, she was taken to Adobe Animal Clinic for further examination.
X-rays revealed that she had been shot. Blood work was done that determined that she was also suffering from lead poisoning as a result of the pellet lodged in her left shoulder. A thirty day treatment was recommended, and one of our volunteers took the hawk in to a home care environment so she could be closely monitored.
On June 18, 2011, this beautiful Red-Shouldered Hawk was released after a fully successful rehabilitation. Thanks to a special grant, WCSV now has an x-ray machine on site, which will allow us to diagnose issues like this in our hospital.