Metro Parks and Ohio Wildlife Center Partner to Help Injured Animals

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"Today at Prairie Oaks it's kind of a celebration," Metro Parks Director Tim Moloney says with excitement.

The celebration is for the red tail hawk inside a crate. After being treated for West Nile, he's being released into the wild.
"I hope he takes off and does a circle and flies around and makes a loud hawk and tries to find his mate," says Stormy Gibson with the Ohio Wildlife Center.
"From time to time we run into animals in distress and we ran into a distressed red tailed hawk recently. We turned him over to our parents at the Ohio Wildlife Center. They did what they do," says Moloney.
"When he came to us he was dehydrated and very thin. What we assumed was West Nile Virus," Gibson says.
Gibson says the red tail hawk was treated at the Ohio Wildlife Center's emergency room and then moved to a rehab center, much like many of the animals they treat.
"We get about 5,000 animals in a year and they can range from the smallest weasel to a great giant eagle," Gibson explains, "we get everything in between, we get snakes and turtles and my favorite is a the muskrat that came in after it was hurt because of the weather".
Once the animals are better, they're released back into nature.
For the red tail hawk, the release goes smoothly, as he flies straight to a tree and sits perched on a branch.
That sight is a relief for the humans who helped him.
"You have no idea," Gibson says relieved, "he went right that way".
Moloney says if you run across a hurt animal to tell a ranger at a park.
If you find one injured anywhere else do not touch it before calling the Ohio Wildlife Center.

To learn more click here: https://www.ohiowildlifecenter.org/

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