Monday, February 4, 2008

Hawk put down

The Cooper’s hawk reported on three days ago did not make it. She had to be euthanized, her leg too badly shattered to be repaired. Cooper’s hawks rarely survive such accidents. They live life at full throttle, pursuing their prey like cheetahs with agile quickness. Injuries are often fatal and even if they can be treated, they make poor patients. Cooper's hawks are high strung and generally do not settle down to heal in rehab, often refusing food and drink.

Drawing by Stephen Lyn Bales


Vickie said...

Sorry the hawk didn't survive. There's nothing more exhilerating then seeing one in pursuit of prey.
Love your intro about yourself. It reflects the wonderfully personal and lyrical quality of your book and your writing.

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Yes. I’ve helped rescue three Cooper’s hawks recently and they all had to be put down. They usually smash themselves up pretty bad when they collide into things. It’s a shame.