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Ailing Falcon Chick Taken From Nest For Treatment

May 27, 1989

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ An ailing peregrine falcon chick has been taken from a nest on a 21st-floor ledge of a office building for treatment.

Thomas French, director of the state’s endangered species program, rappelled down 23-story Monarch Place on Thursday to remove the hatchling, said Carol Bevan-Bogart, a spokeswoman for Monarch Insurance Co.

She said company officials contacted French after getting calls from residents watching the nest on a local cable television channel. The cable company has had a camera trained on the nest around-the-clock.

The chick, one of two that hatched on the ledge two weeks ago, was taken to a veterinarian near Boston because it had trouble breathing, she said.

The chicks are the first peregrine falcons to hatch in western Massachusetts in more than 40 years.

Last week, French made his first descent of the building to remove an egg that had not hatched in hopes that it could be incubated. But the egg proved to be infertile.

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