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Recent rescue at the JRC: Gary

Posted: September 30, 2011 - 12:00am
  Photo courtesy of Juneau Raptor Center
Photo courtesy of Juneau Raptor Center

NAME: Gary

TYPE OF BIRD: Common raven (Corvus corax)

WHEN RESCUED: February 4, 2011

WHAT HAPPENED: Gary was found as a cold and skinny juvenile raven at an elementary school playground.

INJURIES: After putting on some weight, Gary was transferred to a larger enclosure. There it became apparent that he could not fully use his right wing.

CARE: Bird specialist Dr. Scott Ford confirmed that he lacked full range of motion in that wing and recommended against attempting surgery. However, the American Bald Eagle Foundation (ABEF) in Haines was looking for a raven to use as an education bird. While ABEF waited to receive a USFWS permit, Gary kept two fledgling ravens named Jonathan and Susie company.

RELEASE: Due to his wing disability, Gary will not be released back into the wild. Gary was instead flown to Haines on July 1 to start his training as an education bird. ABEF plans to have the raven clan in Klukwan rename him with a Tlingit name.

MORE ABOUT THE COMMON RAVEN: Ravens are one of the smartest of bird species, and while similar to crows, are considerably larger and aren’t as social.

• Message phone for the Juneau Raptor Center, 586-8393; emergency pager, 790-5424; or for more information about the JRC, go online to juneauraptorcenter.org.

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