Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released!
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This Red-tailed hawk arrived on July 1st from Marysville. No one was really sure why it was on the ground unable to fly. The hawk was having a lot of complications and difficulty breathing. X-rays did not show any significant fractures or issues, but, the bird was unable to get any lift and fly. We had the opportunity to get a CT scan on the hawk. THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at VCA Animal Hospital in Lynnwood for helping with this case. They were able to determine that the hawk had suffered a fracture in the scapula at some point - scarring was making it difficult for the bird to breathe properly. We are trying physical therapy to improve his condition. Thanks again VCA and our amazing consulting vet - Dr. Lesanna Lahner from the Seattle Aquarium. We are so lucky to have such talented and dedicated doctors and technicians helping us with these special patients. Status - euthanized. Despite our efforts, the hawk was making no significant progress flying. We made the decision to stop physical therapy and euthanize. Necropsy revealed the scapula had fused to the corticoid.