Upside-down hawk rescued from tree in Burnaby

A red-tailed hawk is recovering at Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.
A red-tailed hawk is recovering at Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.'s rehab facility at Burnaby Lake It was rescued by arborists from a tree in Froggers Creek Ravine Park where it was found hanging upside down by one leg.
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An injured red-tailed hawk has arbourists and two animal welfare groups to thank for its rescue from a tree Friday.

A hiker spotted the raptor in Burnaby's Froggers Creek Ravine Park after he heard repeated cries from a bird, said the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. in a press release. When he looked up he saw the hawk hanging upside down about 50 feet off the ground. Its left leg was wedged in a branch.

The hiker called the Burnaby branch of the SPCA which in turn called ABC Tree Men of Burnaby and Wildlife Rescue to assist.

ABC sent out a crew of arborists to the scene. One member climbed the tree, rigging a rappel system, while a co-worker gave directions from below. The arborist put a blanket over the bird, freed its leg from the tree and brought it to safety on the ground.

The hawk was placed in a crate and taken to Wildlife Rescue's Burnaby Lake rehabilitation centre where it remains in care. Its left wing and leg is swollen and bruised but no bones are broken. It is also being treated for an old pellet wound injury.

"The hawk is a large bird and it was in a stressful situation," said Wildlife Rescue spokesperson Yolanda Brooks in giving kudos to ABC Tree Men for their efforts.

"Their arborist had to carry out a tricky maneuver to circle the tree and capture it from above while avoiding further injury or upset to the bird. The rescue mission was a success and the hawk is expected to make a full recovery.”

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