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Flight Restored to Injured Kestrel

Written by PETA | January 28, 2010

It’s not often that you find a bird of prey in your back yard. Kestrels are falcons who are usually seen hovering in the air or sitting on a perch surveying their territory. So when a Florida woman found an injured kestrel lying helplessly in her garden, unable to fly, she contacted PETA. / CC

We arranged for the injured bird to be transported 100 miles to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville for treatment. The university was the closest place in the area that could properly treat her at the time. The bird’s bruised wing was given the careful attention it needed, and today we’re thrilled to report that the bird has recovered and has been released back into the wild.

Every year, PETA receives requests from all over the country from caring people who have found injured or orphaned birds and are looking to help them. If you spot a wild animal who may be in distress, please call local officials or your local wildlife rehabilitation center immediately for guidance and assistance. Your call could save an animal’s life!

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Jimmy says:

    I’ve always loved birds especially hawks kestrels and such and it’s nice to see one that has the chance to live her life fully again. This begs the question though whether or not it is feasible to transport a single bird 100 miles to regain its flight capabilities. This post has made me wonder how much greenhouse gas was expelled during transportation and how many organisms down the road will be affected. To me it seems rather over the top to subject millions of other life forms to the emitted CO2 and the side affects thereof to transport a single bird that would probably survive anyway. Another possible variable is simply the dangers associated with transportation itself. The bird may have had a better chance of survival by staying put.

  • AMANDA says:

    Yay! Go PETA !! I find wild animals hurt but when I call my local SPCA they come get the animal muttering something to me about getting diseases and take the animal..they don’t help them..they just put them down So I have always tried to help birds myself..with a 100 success rate in doing so ..all have been released back into the wild flying and on a full tummy. One of “my” crows even came back to check up on us for a couple years after we let him go! He would fly by with a bunch and he would drop out of the group and sit on the pole across from our house and look at us for a bit he had a very distinctive crowvoice lol..then he would fly away to catch up to his group. Nothing more satisfying than seeing an animal you saved thriving

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I respect and admire birds of prey and nonhuman predators. They fell from grace because they were subjected and victimized by man’s corruption. On a more pertinent note PETA merits approbation for helping to save this majestic bird.

  • MH says:

    Nice! I see birds of prey a lot though. I once saw a northern shrike take down a vole.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Great work PETA! What an amazing bird!