I was contacted a few days ago by the wild animal rescue group I had taken Freddie, the fledgling female red tail hawk we found in our backyard, to back in July. Unfortunately, she died 3 days after I dropped her off.
The drought and the West Nile Virus have been taking a toll on area wildlife and they’d been busier than usual this summer. They had been nearly overwhelmed by the number of animals brought in and only just got around to calling me to let me know about her fate. Given that Freddie was at about 1/3 of her expected body weight when I found her, it’s not surprising that she was too far gone to be rescued and rehabilitated. But I had really been hoping, given that I hadn’t heard anything for so long, that “no news was good news”. What will be will be and all, but I’m still sad. Hard way to go.