Today’s hawk rescue video

Juvenile red-shouldered hawk rescued by New Orleans firefighters. (Video, but not easily embeddable.)

Interesting to see the firefighter’s reactions. There is something psychologically daunting about reaching for a hawk–even when one isn’t on a ladder and the hawk isn’t dangling from a tree–and one has to learn to deal with that as well as with the physical skills of catching to do so. (As a relatively new wildlife volunteer, I’m currently working on both these things.)

The full story the video came from is here, with more details on the chase to catch the hawk here. Apparently the hawk’s “owner” thought using twine to tether a hawk was an okay sort of thing to do. Good to hear there are plans to pass it on to a wildlife rehabber for possible re-release now instead.

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