Apr 4, 2014

Hollister Hawk

This morning, the Hollister Animal Shelter transferred a call to us about a hawk. According to the RP, the hawk was first observed in their backyard the night before. It was still there this morning, which prompted them to reach out for assistance.

Responders arrived quickly and found what appeared to be a young red-tailed hawk with a federal band on its leg. The metal band will help authorities trace the bird's history. It could be a falconer's bird that escaped. 

Its condition was suspect. The bird was thin and weak and covered in chewing lice, which could account for some of the damaged feathers. However, the tips of its tails feathers were worn and its band was caked in what appeared to be fecal material. Authorities were alerted and the bird was transported to a local wildlife hospital for care.

Here's video of the rescue:

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