Injured peregrine falcon under care of Wildlife Center of Virginia

Injured peregrine falcon under care of Wildlife Center of Virginia

Credit: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Injured peregrine falcon under care of Wildlife Center of Virginia

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WVEC.com

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

WAYNESBORO -- A female peregrine falcon that's made its home in Richmond for seven years is recovering from injuries in Waynesboro.

She was taken Tuesday night to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, which is home to Buddy, an eagle from Norfolk Botanical Garden.

X-rays indicate the falcon has a coracoid fracture and likely a shoulder injury and a detached retina.  All the injuries are on her right side.

"Our vets believe these injuries are associated with a collision, perhaps she struck a building," center spokesman Randy Huwa told WVEC.com.

Vets administered pain medications, fluids, and anti-inflammatories and secured the falcon in a body wrap. 

The bird nested on the BB&T Building in downtown Richmond from 2003-2005 and then moved to Riverfront Plaza.

This bird is the matriarch of the Richmond peregrine operation," Huwa added.

She was found in downtown, picked up by Richmond Animal Control and taken to Carey Street Veterinary Hospital.

Assessments continued Wednesday.

It will likely be a few weeks before it's known whether the falcon can be released.

As for Buddy, staff continues to train him as an education bird and they're working to get him to sit calmly on a handler’s gloved hand.

Buddy has a two-page spread in the 2011 "Garden of Eagles" calendar, which is on sale now.  The calendar also has more than 50 photographs taken by enthusiasts during the 2010 nesting season.

Proceeds will benefit the center's construction of a new permanent home for Buddy and the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary.

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