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6-2-09 Update on injured female hawk

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

Today, the injured female hawk is doing a bit better. She is standing and is a good deal more alert. She was fed a high calorie diet several times through a feeding tube extended through her damage mouth. She is also on a mixture of medications to address her ailments. The swelling around her eye has gone down somewhat and it looks like the eyeball is intact and functional.

One of the questions raised was whether her brother was likely to also be infected. We don't know. I saw him flying a week or two back and he looked great, but then so did she. There is no reason to think that just because one sibling came down with a serious infection, the other one did as well. They are moving about on their own right now and probably are not sharing food. However, even if they did share the same infected pigeon, the fact is that they have almost certainly been exposed to trichinosis dozens of time already since they hatched. More often than not, they are going to show either no symptoms or very minor symptoms. Just because one gets a raging infection does not mean that the other will as well, even of they shared the same infected meal.

This is our busiest time of the year at the Audubon Care Center and she is on of more than 60 animals currently being treated. We are particularly heavy on raptors---some of our other patients right now include a bald eagle, peregrine falcon, harrier, and several barn owls, great horned owls, kestrels, and red-tails.

The picture is a bit awful...

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