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Saving a Little Bird in the Big Apple

Written by PETA | July 13, 2011

Staffers at a veterinarian’s office in Brooklyn discovered a baby peregrine falcon on the pavement, disoriented and unable to fly. Being unfamiliar with birds of prey, they called PETA for assistance, and we advised them on giving the little girl a checkup.

It seemed likely that she had suffered a bruised wing while learning to fly. We found a wildlife-rehabilitation expert who was licensed to treat the protected bird, and the staff transported her. With a little TLC, the falcon made a full recovery, and the rehabber released her in the same spot where she was found—where the workers at the veterinarian’s office may occasionally get to see the bird they saved in flight.  

Most wild baby animals who are alone are OK, and their parents are nearby. If you see an injured wild animal, see PETA’s tips for what to do and how to locate a wildlife rehabilitator who can help.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Laura S. says:

    It’s wonderful that they helped the bird, but that’s not a baby peregrine falcon, that looks more like a young female American Kestrel, which are much more common. I used to work with both Peregrines and Kestrels; they are SO CUTE!

  • Hunter Erwine says:

    I’m glad they contacted PETA! Hopefully that little bird lives a long healthy life, despite the small problem. : )

  • Christine says:

    After watching the tiger’s foot caught in the cage door, it’s nice to know this little angel is now flying high again! Bless the vet staff for saving her and thank you PETA for your tireless efforts in helping all animals!

  • melissam says:

    It’s nice to hear a story with a happy ending!

  • Sandra says:

    Fantastic news, PETA! Thank you for caring so much!!!