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Red-tailed hawk released in wildlife refuge

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(03/20/14) - A hawk who calls Mid-Michigan home is stretching his wings, Thursday, and enjoying some fresh air. He spent the past six weeks recovering in a bird hospital after a mishap left him bruised and dazed.

He went on the disabled list after he was apparently hit by a car near the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

"When we arrived, the bird looked very still, just looked stunned," said Steve Kahl, SNWR manager.

Barb Rogers, of Wildlife Recovery Association, took him to their facility in Shepherd and began rehabilitation.

"This particular bird had probably multiple injuries, but there were no fractures, no broken bones," Rogers said.

"I wasn't very optimistic," Kahl said.

The road to recovery involved lots of TLC.

"Kept it quiet in an area where it can not be stressed anymore. Let it rest," Rogers said.

There was one setback along the way.

"It started to hold one wing in an odd position, so we did get an X-ray to see if there was anything going on, but there were no fractures," Rogers said.

Finally, the moment arrived to join his fellow hawks in the refuge. This is a good time to be a hawk. There should be lots of little critters emerging from their nests - critters that make tasty snacks. Mating season is also coming soon.

Kahl released the raptor.

"It's one of those good days on the job, getting to handle such a beautiful create, letting it go back in the wild, knowing that's where it wants to be," Kahl said.

"Beautiful to see him fly. That's the best part," Rogers said.

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