Peregrine saved by dumb luck

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OceanPeregrine
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Peregrine saved by dumb luck

Im new to the forum but thought to share my adventure with Ocean, the Peregrine falcon.

I heard a loud and sickening Thump on glass sliding doors.

I went to investigate only to discover the falcon out cold on the ground. I found thick leather gloves and picked him up. No rise or fall on his chest, No heartbeat ascertainable. I thought he was dead.

I put him in the freeze and rang my Ma. 10 mins later,Ma got home and I got him out to take to the wildlife park (i had called and they wanted him for study) TOO MY Horrified SURPRISE HE JUMPED UP! !

I put Ocean into a box and rushed him to the Bird specialist vet in town (Nowra, Nsw)

I was told that certain falcons and Peregrines in particular can simulate death when they are in deep shock or attacked and injured and caught on the ground. I was told that keeping him cold saved his life (though I STRESS not to do this unless you are told to by Professionals)

Ocean was released where He belonged a few months later. Turned out he broke a wing but otherwise was unaffected and took off with nil complaints for his visit to us.

(I will post a pic of him eating - when I find it in the photo posts)

It was an unusual event that has me intrigued and keen on learning more about birds and helping bring back to health sick birds to release once healthy.

Thanks for the site.

Qyn
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Wow, your instinct paid off in a big way - I would have just put him in a cardboard box (and probably not had the same outcome) - though he was lucky your ma was home before he froze. I'm glad his broken wing healed well enough for release which is sometimes not the case.

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the photos.

Alison
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Windhover
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That's an awesome and happy story in the end. Being a wildlife carer I appreciate happy endings. There are way too many sad ones in between the happy ones. :-) I will check your cold "trick" when I do my raptor rescue/rehab training in about five weeks. :-)

OceanPeregrine
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:-) I would be glad to know what they say, I was very fortunate it worked out. When I get home I will try post a picture here! BlackBerry i-phones are ok but not that good :-)

SouthCoastNsw

OceanPeregrine
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:-) I would be glad to know what they say, I was very fortunate it worked out. When I get home I will try post a picture here! BlackBerry i-phones are ok but not that good :-)

SouthCoastNsw

ScottTas
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Great story! They're such awesome birds.
I'd never recommend anyone puts any live animal into the freezer because it's too risky, but it worked out beautifully here! Great that he got over the broken wing too, so often that doesn't happen.
Thanks for sharing the story :)
Scott.

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