Thursday, May 7, 2009

Another successful transfer....

Yesterday, May 6th, Fire, our non-releasable Swainson's hawk was put on a plane and sent to New York to live out the rest of her life. She went to the same group that took a great horned owl from me about a year ago for their education program.
Fire came to us because the rehabilitator that had her didn't know why she was having feather problems. Her initial intake was due to a gunshot wound, but after that issue, she started having problems with feathers breaking off.
When I took her, I immediately took her into my vet's office in Payson, Utah and had more x-ray's done and blood work as well.
The blood work confirmed West Nile virus. We gave her supportive care to get her through that and got her weight back to normal as she was also under weight. West Nile takes a toll on it's victims in various ways. With birds, one of the common things we see, is problems with feather development. If things becomes chronic, well the bird cannot be released.
The pictures in the post are of Fire just a few day's ago.
We'll miss her, but I'm glad she is where she'll be from now on and it's a beautiful place.

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Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

used with permission by Arlene Powers