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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dear Hawk Friends

Sad Announcement

By now, you will have all seen the sad announcement from Cornell Bird Cams:

"There is sad news to share today. Though we aren’t sure that they are “ours,” two juvenile hawks were found on campus this morning. One had died, possibly overnight in the terrible thunder storms that we had, and the other has a badly injured foot and extensive abrasions to both legs. We are currently awaiting autopsy results for what may have killed the one hawk. The injured juvenile is currently being treated for his injuries. It is unclear how he was injured, though it may have been caused by a prey animal fighting back. He is currently resting quietly and on a regimen of pain medication and antibiotics. We are in touch with the veterinary staff treating the bird and will give an update as soon as we know more."

Brief Note from Elly

I was in the process of struggling to complete the Update Reports which are clearly overdue for this week when I received the news. It has already been an extraordinarily difficult week for me personally but I want you to know that I mourn for the loss with the rest of you and pray for the little one in care. Yes, I do know it has not been confirmed this is one of the Ds. But still....

Other Information

I am going to copy and paste some other reports here from last night, compiled by grasshopper01: 

"Gretchen Peterson OK, all, I'm here and will tell you what I know via a combination of Victoria, Karel, and BOGette.

Gretchen Peterson Karel and BOGette first went to the Cornell Veterinary Diagnostic Center where they were performing an autopsy on the deceased hawk. I'd say that was about 1:00 or so next time approximately.
Gretchen Peterson The vet there was VERY nice. She had not completed the autopsy but told them that the bird had no broken bones but that was all she could tell them at that point.
Gretchen Peterson The information I have says that the deceased bird was found early this morning (don't know a time) on the sidewalk between Bradfield and the greenhouses.
Gretchen Peterson A woman emailed the Lab of O about seeing the body and then evidently another woman actually picked up the bird and brought it to the front desk of the Lab and was told she needed to take it to the Diagnostic Center.
Gretchen Peterson Some man named Stan who works at the Cornell garage was also somehow involved in finding this bird, but I'm not sure how he fit in.
Gretchen Peterson The vet doing the autopsy said she was going to take pics of the bird and send to Karel. I do not know if that has been done or not. I just got out of a meeting and haven't talked to Karel yet since I wanted to come right here to you guys first.
Gretchen Peterson Paws, based on where the deceased bird was found, I can't imagine it was any other than ours.
Gretchen Peterson Karel and BOGette were able to see the injured hawk. It is small and vet believes it is a male. It had a very low belly band and a peachy chest consistent with D1.
Gretchen Peterson As Bird Cams said in their FB post, the bird is missing the hallux and an additional toe on one foot. All the toes are there on the other foot, but both legs are basically skinned. I believe the vet told Karel and BOGette that it could have been that the bird took on prey that was too large for it.
This bird appears to be a male. It was hard to tell if he was one of the D’s. He was bright and alert, but very calm, indicating that it was probably in a fair amount of pain and depressed. His injuries are a little strange. The injury to the foot indicates that something gave him a good bite to the left foot, probably while the hawk was catching prey, but he also has extensive abrasions to both legs, possibly from the same incident. The middle toe was “cleanly” taken off. There was some dead bone exposed that will be trimmed back. The hallux, or “toe” is the real worry. The skin has been taken off and bone is exposed. Muscles of that foot may be compromised as some were exposed. The injury looks to be 1-2 days old.
Gretchen Peterson The hawk is on an “IO” of pain meds, antibiotics and fluids and the foot has been wrapped. An “IO” is an intraosseous catheter that delivers meds and fluids directly into the humerus and is the best way to directly deliver meds. The wing is wrapped to keep the catheter in place. Bandages on the feet and legs will be changed a couple of times a day over the weekend and Monday they will reassess the injuries. They think that the hawk should pull through, BUT if the toe is beyond repair then that is a real problem.
Gretchen Peterson End of message from Lab.

Gretchen Peterson Information from Victoria on the deceased hawk:
The Diagnostic Lab does not yet have a confirmed diagnosis of what caused the one juvenile to die. Because it was found on a sidewalk by the road, there is a strong possibility that it was hit by a car. They have not yet had a chance to Xray the body to get more of an idea of what happened. Because of blood loss there was probably some kind of acute laceration.
Gretchen Peterson I’ve treated many birds, including hawks, that experienced severe blood loss from open fractures. A fellow rehabilitator admitted a hawk that had impaled itself on a branch when diving for prey. In other words, we do not yet know what caused the injury and I will let you know as soon as the Diagnostic lab gets in touch with me or sends us a report.
Gretchen Peterson End of message from Lab.

Gretchen Peterson And I forgot to share this about the injured hawk. Both Karel and BOGette got to pet him on the head. That meant a lot to them. I know they gave that hawk every OUNCE of love and hope from all of us in those touches.
Karel V Sedlacek Gretchen, Karel, Genesowl, and BOGette will go out tomorrow morning but we won't be streaming. Our hearts ache so terribly. I hope everyone understands. -- from BOGette" 

Saturday Morning Update

Karel is Livestreaming after all:

Saturday Evening Update 

Ferris on UStream: