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Updated: 06/13/2014 08:00:01AM

Good to be back from vaca

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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I’m baaaack. For those of you who missed me, thanks for the well-wishes and for constantly interrupting my recent vacation to tell me you want me to write more articles. Obviously, absolutely nothing has been happening at Peace River Wildlife Center worth writing about. We haven’t had any cute patients admitted. (OK, except for these two common gallinules, which are adorable.) And we certainly haven’t had any interesting releases. It’s a little difficult to single out any one incident when we have released almost 100 birds and mammals over the past few weeks alone, but that is exactly what I am going to do.

This spring PRWC had four red-shouldered hawk fledglings fall out of their nests. We tried to re-nest two of them, but they ended up right back at our facility after falling out again within a day or two. So we set them all up together to wait until they were old enough to be released. At first, they had to be force fed. Soon after, they started to eat on their own. Eventually, before release, we had to live-prey train them to be sure they were able to fend for themselves in the wild. One of our rescue volunteers, Bill Kimber, got to do the honors with this hawk. The bird was taken back to the area from which it was rescued, and released safely back into the wild.

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