The sad news first:
Earlier this week the Humans admitted a critically injured Red-Tailed Hawk. The bird had been rescued in Berthoud after being hit by a car. Unfortunately, its injuries were too severe, and the bird died the same afternoon it was admitted to the RMRP.
The uplifting news:
Whenever a bird is released from the RMRP, the Humans band one leg with a numbered US Fish and Wildlife Service band. That way, if anyone ever comes across the bird again, the Humans can look up the band number and find out the bird's history.
|Red-Tailed Hawk with a banded leg|
The hawk had originally been admitted in late 2007 with head trauma, probably from another car strike, and was released in 2008 as a fully healthy bird. When admitted in 2007, the bird was already an adult.
Because it means the RMRP took in an injured raptor, gave it everything it needed to heal up, and sent it back out to the wild for a Second Chance at Freedom.
Because the already-adult hawk lived another five full years instead of dying that day in 2007.
Because during those five years, the hawk was able to live a wild existence, rich with hunting and soaring and raising nests of new Red-Tailed Hawks each spring.
And I don't know about you, but I think that is something beautiful, something special, and something worth being happy about.
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