Monday, January 23, 2006

  • Red-shouldered hawk with a shattered shoulder. He was covered in lice and piegon flies and was in bad shape all around. My hands have been shaky today and I slipped while giving him the injection and the needle, full of euthanasia solution, went straight into my forearm. I sighed and shook my head and treated it like a snake bite, sucking the venom from the wound then filled out an accident report. I don't think any chemicals ended up in me but it's a good reminder that we are all just meat.
  • 7 Comments:

    Blogger Bearhawk said...

    I am a Native American of the Choctaw Tribe, born in Oklahoma, raised in Garland,Texas. One day I saw an immature male Red-tailed hawk fall from the sky onto the service road of busy I-35 near downtown Dallas. I grabbed my raincoat and ran out of the building I was working in at the time not really knowing how or what I was going to do. All I knew was if I saw that hawk get killed, maimed or flattened my a car I was going to cry for the rest of the day. I ran towards the injured hawk and he ran towards the bushes away from the highway. I grabbed the raincoat and threw it over him. gentle surrounding him with the coat, I surveyed his damage. It appeared the large left bone in his left shoulder was broken by the way he has running. My boss brought me a large box so I gently lowered him into it. For the rest of the day at work everyone was coming by my desk for a look at this magnificent bird.I called Dallas animal control and they acted like they might never show up. I now live in the Colony, Texas, which is a small town. I called my local SPCA and they knew of a Birds of Prey rehab clinic that would take him and find out whether he could be saved or not. So I found a large box and gently put him in it. For the rest of the day at work everyone was coming by my desk for a look at this magnificent bird. I met with the man from the rehab clinic and he told me the truth. He said that if the large bone is broken he may live, but if the smaller bones are broken he would have to be put to sleep. He said if he did make it that he would release him in the large marshy woodlands behind my house instead of downtown Dallas where I got him. I never called back to find out what happened to him. I didn't want to know the real truth if he had to be put down. A few months later, two large hawks appeared soaring right over my back yard. I feed the smaller birds from a backyard feeder. This attracts doves from miles around which in turn attracts the hawks and owls. One rainy morning right after the rain stopped I watched a hawk grab a dove in midflight and take him to the top of a power pole. I sat there for 30 minutes watching him pluck and devour that dove through my binoculars. I like to think maybe that is the hawk I saved. My Indian name before this incident was Bear because I'm a large man with a sometimes grumpy disposition. After that happened I became BEARHAWK! You have a job as hard as mine. I'm in New Orleans working for the govt., verifing real estate and personal property losses for the beautiful people of New Orleans. When I talk to some people they are crying and every person has a story to tell, good and bad. You are a VERY BRAVE person doing a heartbreaking but VERY necessary job. If only we treated human beings with the same dignity and respect that we treat suffering animals that are mortally wounded with no hope of recovery. Good luck and the Great Spirit blesses you daily. The Spirits of these animals you send to the next world thank you, for without you, they are in hell on earth. You are an ANGEL of MERCY! Don't ever forget that. Sincerely, Bearhawk Folsom-Choctaw Tribe.

    1/24/2006  
    Blogger whatikilledtoday said...

    my head started spinning as i read your story. i feel dizzy. thank you for doing the right thing. thank you for saving the hawk.

    1/25/2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Erm, you're not supposed to suck any kind of injected fluid out of a wound. :/

    2/02/2008  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Sucking out venom, either by mouth or with a pump does not work and may harm the affected area directly. Suction started after 3 minutes removes a clinically insignificant quantity - less than one thousandth of the venom injected - as shown in a human study. In a study with pigs, suction not only caused no improvement but led to necrosis in the suctioned area. Suctioning by mouth presents a risk of further poisoning through the mouth's mucous tissues. The well-meaning family member or friend may also release bacteria into the victim’s wound, leading to infection."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_bite

    2/02/2008  
    Blogger Sharron said...

    I too work and have been for a veterinary clinic (and running a satellite clinic) for 18 years. I always bond with the pets who are on 'their way to heaven' which is where I believe most end up and become messangers of the Gods.Never feel alone my friend for you are not. I see the abused, the forgotten, beaten and mangled and we always connect for I too have been beaten, forgotten and left behind. Words will never express what the heart feels and the eyes see. Yah Te Hey and thank you for being there. Buffy (p.s. I got your link from a Technician magazine for animals...so people are noticing and responding and feel they are not so quite alone..thanks to you. Remember if you can...hawks, kestrals can be given to American Indians to perform ceremonies. Just a thought.

    3/04/2011  
    Anonymous Shirley said...

    In Austin,Texas I have witnessed 3 dove, a red shoulder hawk, and 3 squirrels in a 1/4 mile radius,over a 1 month period of time. There was no apparent injury. The Hawk was on its back wings outstretched.
    Now I notice sevin dust, sprinkled over small areas where, a witness told me that someone-a city worker., had sprinkled the dust after removing yet another downed dove.
    Austin allows Chickens to be kept in close proximity in Urban Neighborhoods. My Daughter's Parrot lost all breast feathers; I have respiratory issues and joint pain apparently due to red chicken mites. The mites were identified by An entomologist.
    These mites carry Avian flu& are virtually indestructible once they are established. The parrot is now boarded; I am on Asthma Medication ; and much time and $ has been spent by me to deal with the situation, yet the chickens remain. It is a violation to keep them within 50" of any neighboring property.
    One has to ask what is going on?

    8/30/2011  
    Anonymous Shirley said...

    In Austin,Texas I have witnessed 3 dove, a red shoulder hawk, and 3 squirrels in a 1/4 mile radius,over a 1 month period of time. There was no apparent injury. The Hawk was on its back wings outstretched.
    Now I notice sevin dust, sprinkled over small areas where, a witness told me that someone-a city worker., had sprinkled the dust after removing yet another downed dove.
    Austin allows Chickens to be kept in close proximity in Urban Neighborhoods. My Daughter's Parrot lost all breast feathers; I have respiratory issues and joint pain apparently due to red chicken mites. The mites were identified by An entomologist.
    These mites carry Avian flu& are virtually indestructible once they are established. The parrot is now boarded; I am on Asthma Medication ; and much time and $ has been spent by me to deal with the situation, yet the chickens remain. It is a violation to keep them within 50" of any neighboring property.
    One has to ask what is going on?

    8/30/2011  

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