03/04/2015
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Scarce raptor nursed back to health by the RSPCA

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The injured Goshawk was treated by staff at West Hatch RSPCA. Photo courtesy of RSPCA (www.rspca.org.uk).
The injured Goshawk was treated by staff at West Hatch RSPCA. Photo courtesy of RSPCA (www.rspca.org.uk).

A female Goshawk with a fractured wing was found by a member of the public in Porth Park, Glamorgan, in mid-January. The bird was taken to West Hatch RSPCA.

After two months in the care of vets at the hospital and time in the centre’s flight aviary building up its strength, the bird has now been released back into the wild.

Wildlife supervisor at West Hatch RSPCA Arminel Scott said: “She is a beautiful bird and we are all very pleased we have been able to nurse her back to health and release her into the wild where she belongs.

“The Goshawk was brought in to us with a damaged wing, but we had no idea how she had fractured it. Her wing carriage took several weeks to return to normal, but we have a very long flight aviary at West Hatch in which she was able to get back to full fitness.

“Our vet team strapped her wing up and prescribed rest for this beautiful and powerful bird of prey until the bone had healed and she was ready to build her strength back up in our aviaries.

“The team at West Hatch worked so hard to look after her. It is always so rewarding to see an animal or bird you have helped to bring back to full health head off into the wild again.”

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Written by: Birdwatch news team