RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A property owner in Midlothian was in for a shock when they located out the “baby owl” they spotted in their backyard was in fact a species of chicken that didn’t belong in Virginia.
The chook was down and wounded when the home owner noticed it. The Richmond Wildlife Center speedily responded to complete a subject rescue.
When Melissa Stanley of the wildlife center observed the chook, she rapidly understood it was a Mississippi Kite — a bird native to Texas, Oklahoma and some parts of the southeast United States.
Just after analyzing why the bird was injured, it was noted that the kite was taloned in the upper body by a hawk and slapped the hawk with its wings to absolutely free himself.
Right now, it is nevertheless unknown how the chook finished up in Virginia in the initially place.
The kite had significant bruising on the two wings and fractured a single by hitting the hawk with force.
Stanley called the Condition Raptor Biologist of the Virginia Division of Wildlife Assets, Jeff Cooper, to affirm her identification of the chicken was right. He verified the bird was a Mississippi Kite in Virginia.
The only other recognized formally documented sighting of the bird in Virginia was a long time in the past alongside the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, according to Stanley.
The wildlife heart achieved out to other experienced contacts in Virginia to see if anyone experienced encounter rehabilitating Mississippi Kites. Stanley stated she wanted to be aware of the temperament of the chicken in captivity. She was not able to come across somebody in Virginia so she experienced to reach out to facilities in Texas and Florida for direction.
The Mississippi Kite commonly eats when in flight but it experienced a fractured wing. The Richmond Wildlife Heart had to commit to supporting him consume on his individual or hand-feed the fowl is flighted once again.
The major problem they experience at the heart is the migration timeline for the kite. The breeding spots of the Mississippi Kites are gathered in colonies by the finish of August, and by the commencing of September, the birds are presently traveling to Mexico.
The fracture will choose 6-8 weeks to mend, according to Stanley — then the chook will need a handful of weeks of actual physical reconditioning to make certain he can do flighted activities.
The middle plans on driving him to the southern aspect of Texas in close proximity to the Mexican Border or Western Louisiana as soon as the fowl is ready for launch.
They will will need the assistance of condition biologists in Texas or Louisiana to establish in which the flock has congregated for migration so the fowl can be reunited.
Images beneath are delivered by the Richmond Wildlife Heart.