Tony Bieser, VM20, Team Leader
Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus)
This hawk presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic after being found down near a public road. The finders cared for the patient for an unknown amount of time before they eventually brought them to the WMC for care. On presentation, the RSHA had an obvious left-wing deformity and was unable to fully extend their elbow and carpal joint. Because of this abnormality, radiographs were performed to determine etiology.
This case summary was written by Ellie Andersen, a second year veterinary student volunteer, as part of our student blog series.
History: A red-tailed hawk was brought in to the clinic on November 22nd. It was found on the ground in front of a barn, and did not resist capture or attempt to fly away.
This beautiful barred owl has recently been accepted as a new member of the resident raptor team!
She initially presented this past spring because she was unable to fly. Radiography, palpation, and range of motion exams determined she had a very old upper humeral fracture. The proximity to the shoulder joint and chronicity of damage made veterinarians determine she would not be a candidate for surgery. Volunteers asked a local raptor facility to flight test her, as she was remarkably non-painful and otherwise very healthy, but she was returned having been deemed non-flighted and non-releasable. Due to the owl’s unusually calm and docile personality, our PR team assessed her for life as a resident. She not only passed with flying colors, she has been progressing well through her basic training and is increasingly comfortable with her care team. In fact, they hope to choose and announce her name in the near future.
We welcome support for our resident raptors like this owl, Odin, Derby, and others! Participating in our limited-edition campaign with Animalia Collective is a fun way to show off and support our mission. A single shirt purchase will cover our new owl’s meals and training for a day! Check out the unique designs here: http://bit.ly/2k83Paa