Friday, February 1, 2008

Cooper's hawk down

Cooper’s hawks fly, quite literally, at breakneck speeds. Rounding a corner, in hot pursuit of a meal, they will sometimes fly into a tree or wall or building at full speed. Crash! Yesterday, I helped rescue a Cooper’s that had been found flopping around on the sidewalk in downtown Knoxville. She could fly, she couldn’t stand or perch. The downed raptor was astonishing beautiful, although very frightened. One leg was badly damaged. I took the hawk to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Time will tell.

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