Red Tailed Hawk: Summer Star’s Newest Release!

“Sitting on that limb puffing its chest out happy to be free!”

On Friday morning, February 21st, TUFTS Vet School Program Coordinator, Adel Molnar, brought a Red-Tailed Hawk to Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary to be released.

Photo by: Craig Buttner

Soaking in the Sunlight

It was a successful beginning of a spiritual journey for the hawk reclaiming his freedom. We as Summer Star team— Brian Rivotto, Rick Johnston, Craig Buttner, Nate Cooper, Shalin Liu and an old friend Sean Clancy, who helped building Summer Star Trailhead House six years ago and he brought his daughter—-together we watched the hawk taking off. We felt extremely happy for him.     

Wildlife Release Statement by Tara Pettinato at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University, North Grafton:

Video by: Nate Cooper

The juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk was released on Friday, February 21st, 2020, at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston, MA after being treated at TUFTS Wildlife Clinic. The hawk was originally brought to the Clinic by a member of the public on January 26th after being hit by a car in Belmont, MA. Upon arrival, the bird was quiet, unable to stand and appeared dehydrated. He received fluids, pain medication and supportive care. A full examination, including radiographs, showed that the bird had sustained head trauma but no fractures or wounds. On February 11th, when the hawk had made sufficient progress, it was transferred to the Shalin Liu Healing Cage for rehabilitation, conditioning and monitoring. Over the next ten days, veterinarians observed normal flight and continued improvement, and the hawk was cleared for release on February 21st.

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