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Wildlife Center Works with Adobe to Successfully Rehabilitate Hawk

Photo by CJ Baldwin

Photo by CJ Baldwin

Photo by CJ Baldwin

Photo by CJ Baldwin

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.

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