In a suburban apartment, nursing wildlife back to health

July 28, 2018

By Staff

The Cooper’s hawk, a juvenile, was skinny and dehydrated. He’d spent the morning in a box, where the dark and quiet might soothe him. As Rick Schubert, 47, pulled him out on a recent Tuesday, the bird became agitated, biting at the foreign hands now prodding at his mouth, searching for signs of disease or parasites.

Michele Wellard, 47, slipped a small mask over the bird’s face, administering anesthesia. Soon the bird lay still, and Schubert began feeling his way across the hawk’s skeleton, searching for fractured bones and damaged tissue.

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