Falcon Found in Palo Alto Recovers

A rare, injured falcon is getting better in Burlingame.


A rare falcon that was recently attacked is recovering at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Burlingame and is expected to be released back into the wild in February.

The Merlin falcon was brought to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA's Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, earlier this month, center officials said. Only one or two Merlin falcons are treated by the center annually. 

Someone found the falcon in Palo Alto. It arrived with significant tearing on the underside of its right wing, according to the center. Wildlife staff members believe it was attacked by a large raptor.   

Its wounds have been stitched up and they expect the falcon will be released by about mid-February.

On Saturday and Sunday, the SPCA is hosting an open house for their newly completed wildlife enclosures at the Center for Compassion. There will be refreshments and crafts and projects for kids. Visitors will not, however, be able to see the injured falcon, which is being moved to a quieter space for the weekend to ensure its care is not compromised.   

More information about Merlin falcons can be found here.

-- Bay City News

Cody Macartney January 29, 2012 at 04:33 AM
It should be noted: Palo Alto Animal Services was the responding agency who rescued the Merlin, and then called the Peninsula Humane Society wildlife center for transport. We are happy to hear that the little guy/gal is doing well!


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