Saving a Little Bird in the Big Apple

Published by PETA.

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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