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Rescued Falcon To Be Released Today

Haya was shot in June of last year, and has had a long, difficult recovery.

Today (Dec. 3) at noon, a peregrine falcon who was shot in the wing will take flight once again, after an 18-month struggle to survive.

Haya came to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in June of 2011 with a fractured bone in her wing, the result of a gunshot wound. By her markings, the falcon was identified as Haya, who made her nest beneath Oakland’s Fruitvale Bridge, with her mate Hiko and two chicks.

Haya’s fractured wing was repaired by Dr. Shannon Riggs, but it was only the beginning of her troubles – she developed a serious bone infection, had multiple surgeries and molted a completely new set of feathers.

Ten days after she was brought into Lindsay, one of Haya’s chicks, Marina, was also admitted. She had also been shot in the wing. Her fractured bone was successfully pinned together and she recovered well.

After her struggles, master falconer Jim DeRoque worked with Haya for many hours to prepare her for release.

Today, all of that effort comes to fruition at Point Pinole Regional Park as the staff and a collection of well-wishers gather to release Haya back into the skies, and wish her a safe journey. One that is hopefully free this time from random acts of human violence.

inquiring mind December 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
A Scottish documentary, The Eagle, dealt with a rehabilitated eagle who, after a week in the wild again, returned to the home of the veterinarian and would not leave. Hopefully a rehabilitated hawk won't get spoiled.
Julie Jepsen-Grant December 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I don't think any veterinarians live at the Lindsay Museum. But let's ask the Lindsay Museum. Do the rehabilitated animals ever return to the museum?
Susan Heckly December 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
No, animals don't return to the museum after we release them back to the wild. The focus of the wildlife rehabilitation program at Lindsay Wildlife Museum is to return the animals to the wild in a condition that they will be able to survive in the wild by themselves. Before release, the animals have demonstrated that they have the necessary survival skills and are not habituated to people. When we release animals, we don't expect a thank you from them or for them to let us know how life is going in the wild. The best gift we get is knowing they get a second chance at life in the wild. Susan Heckly, Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Julie Jepsen-Grant December 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Ms. Heckly, thank you for your prompt and informative reply. I just got an envelope asking for a Lindsay Museum donation this past week, I will definitely donate this week as a thank you from this falcon.
Jojo Potato December 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
God bless, Haya. Hope you can stay safe this time around.

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