The red-tailed hawk speared with a framing nail shot from a nail gun has been successfully rescued, reports Bay City News and the Wild Rescue team. The injured bird, which turned out to be a female juvenile, was brought in using a bal-chatri trap near the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park and promptly taken to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose. According to vets at the center, the nail fell out while the bird was being transported down the peninsula.
The young bird was underweight when she got to the center, but her handlers report that she is responding well to antibiotics. They hope to let her recover in an outdoor enclosure sometime in the next week and a half.
Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the avian assault has been bumped up to $10,000, and Wild Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that their all-volunteer organization is still raising money to build out that sweet animal ambulance.