Flight Restored to Injured Kestrel

Published by PETA.

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.


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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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