Oh you know, that time I rescued a protected species….

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had an awesome weekend. I had a very memorable one so let me catch you up.

First off, I am totally back to running and working out and I had a really good week in terms of fitness. I ran 24 miles last week, biked 11.5 miles and I did 2 weight workouts. I also walked a whole heck of a lot with and without the dogs so all in all, it was a pretty good week.

We didn’t get to go to the cabin this weekend because it rained all day Friday and Saturday and we were pretty sure the roads would be washed out and to be completely honest, I didn’t really want to go anyway. When summer rolls around I prefer to go to Venice and the beach, but we’ll keep that amongst ourselves okay? In hindsight I am glad we didn’t go because if we had I wouldn’t have been able to make not one, but two, rescues yesterday.

The first rescue happened very early in the morning. MacGyver and I went into the garage and I was getting ready to go for a run and he was going to work on Frankenmower when suddenly we noticed there was a stranger in the garage.

This guy:

Snapping Turtle

Florida Snapping Turtle

After removing snappy the turtle and relocating him to my pond, I went for a run. After returning from my run, MacGyver and I took the dogs for a walk and on the way home we spotted this:

Red Tailed Hawk

Yes, that is a Red Tailed Hawk. A bird of prey also know as a ‘chicken hawk’. Think Henery Hawk from Foghorn Leghorn.

Henery Hawk

But in reality, they are beautiful, huge birds.

And it and was being attacked by a bunch of blue jays. It could fly a little but not very far and the blue jays were flying into her head and trying to poke her eyes. She was a huge bird but obviously there was something wrong with her. I tried to call the Bird Sanctuary but they weren’t open and no one answered the phone so I sent MacGyver home with the dogs and I called my friend Nancy who came and met me.

Nancy has exotic birds and is familiar with handling them so she brought a few blankets and a tote. With the help of another bystander we threw the blankets on the bird and finagled her into the tote. I should probably mention that we never touched the bird. Red Tailed Hawks are quite large and have talons like an eagle. They could do serious damage so you never want to try to touch one.

Red Tailed Hawk in Tote

Then we drove the bird to a park down the street which has a place for rescue’s but no one was there. When the bird suddenly escaped from the tote we had to capture it again and then we knew we had to act fast. What happened next was a comedy of errors until Nancy got a call from her friend who is the director of the park we originally went to so we drove the bird back to Moccasin Lake Nature park.

Red Tailed Hawk

The director of the park had called the Birds of Prey rescue organization and they came to meet us. The lady was so nice and she was super impressed that we had actually rescued the bird all by ourselves and she was really shocked that it was really a Red Tailed Hawk. She looked it over for injuries and held it up for us to see and then we helped her crate the bird.

Red Tailed Hawk or Chicken Hawk

The bird is safely in the care of the experts now and will see a vet this week from Busch Gardens. She’s still a baby but very large. She may have been electrocuted but there was no way to be sure before she sees a doctor. After the vet, it will go somewhere for rehab and then hopefully she will be released. Since there is plenty of room, we’re hoping it comes to Moccasin Lake Nature Park because it’s very close and we can visit with her during her rehab. Oh, and the best part is, they are going to name the bird Flower and Nancy and I are now going to volunteer at the park now.

Carefully crating a red tailed hawlk

If you are interested in seeing the Red Tailed Hawk, check out this live cam from Cornell:

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever rescued an animal? What Kind?

10 thoughts on “Oh you know, that time I rescued a protected species….

  1. That is awesome!
    I rescued a chiuahuah last year.. someone dropped him off in front of or neighbors house with a broken leg and a tub of food that was too big for him to eat and a container of water.. I took him home, made a bed for him in our laundry room and gave him some wet food. I took him to the animal shelter and later found out from my husbands friend who works there that the dog got his leg fixed and was adopted. 🙂
    That is so cool that they named the hawk Flower!

    • I got to see the lady from the Birds of Prey organization last night and she said it was one of her favorite birds and she just loves it. We also don’t think it will ever be able to be released into the wild because they think it is an imprint.

  2. What an amazing story! Wow! I saw a lot of snapping turtles when i lived in Michigan, but people always made me scared of them! As for the bird, that is incredible, but something so altruistic of you! I remember once there was a bird dying on the street and my friends and I (12 years old), “rescued” it, and looked after it for the day until it could fly away….not sure we did anything, but we liked to think we did hahahah!

    • That’s so cool! I’m one of those people that sees and injured animal and immediately I stop everything. Not sure if that’s good or back I guess that depends on the animal 🙂

    • It was amazing! I love it when shit like that happens. And YOU, my friend had a pretty epic weekend as well! Heard you killed the half! 🙂 Way to go!

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