Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Red-tailed Hawk

Yesterday evening, DH saw a hawk at the side of our road. After three hours, the hawk not moving much, we decided to put the Hawk in our cat carrier (a very tricky thing to accomplish). DH phoned the vet at his home. Our vet asked us to bring it in at 8am.

The vet said it is a mature Red-Tailed Hawk, probably with West Nile Virus. The vet said the most difficult part of the treatment was force feeding the birds. He also mentioned he has had seven hawks brought in within the past two weeks. We are supposed to phone on Monday for a progress report.

I am hoping it survives & can be rehabilitated, possibly returned to our back yard. We have several hawks circling around & it makes me so sad to seem them down with this nasty virus. If not our backyard, maybe it will be a part of the Wildlife Rehab Center in Valparaiso, IN.


Jenna said...

Oh, what a gorgeous hawk! I'm glad that you were able to get him to a vet, I imagine that you saved his life!

My Life In Stitches said...

Oh, it is beautiful. I am also glad that you were able to get him/her to a vet and pray that the vet will be success it helping the hawk to recover.

Singular Stitches said...

Well done, you! Hope he revives and is back to normal.

BTW, if he does have West Nile (or something) can you still use the carrier for cat use or can it just be scrubbed or does it need to be thrown out?


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