A baby hawk found starving on a sidewalk last spring in Bushwick, Brooklyn, was released back to nature on Thursday. The bird, which had been nursed back to health, was set loose in Prospect Park.
The then-newborn female red-tailed hawk, now 6 months old, was discovered on a city street, ailing, in May. Bobby Horvath, founder of Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, is quoted in the New York Daily News as saying:
It was emaciated…. It was basically in a state of starvation. It hasn’t eaten for a couple days, very thin, dehydrated.
It was Horvath who took responsibility for restoring the bird to a healthy state.
Horvath assumes the young hawk managed to leave its family’s nest at one of the many nearby cemeteries that are home to colonies of red-tailed hawks. The hawk, however, was too young to venture out on its own. “It could fly,” says Horvath, “but it was unable to take care of itself in the wild.”
Horvath took the emaciated bird to his Long Island home, where he initially fed the winged creature dead rats. He then taught the bird how to hunt live mice on its own.
Once it was ready to fend for itself in the wild, Horvath knew it was time to part company with his young charge. That parting of the ways came yesterday.
Horvath states that the bird’s most difficult challenge now will be be making it through its first winter. “If she can make it through that period, chances are she can make it to old age.”
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