Shot red kite successfully rehabilitated and released

Last month we blogged about an injured red kite that had been found in Malton, North Yorkshire. It had suffered shotgun injuries to the throat and was being cared for by wildlife rehabilitator extraordinaire, Jean Thorpe (see here).

After a few weeks of care and attention, that red kite was successfully released back to the wild yesterday (Photo by Robert Fuller)


Well done and thank you, Jean Thorpe, what a remarkable lady! Remember, Jean does this in a voluntary capacity with no government funding to support her work. Please consider making a small (or large!) donation to help her: HERE.

Of course, North Yorkshire isn’t the only location where red kites are routinely persecuted, either by illegal trapping, shooting or poisoning. There’s a poignant commentary on Mark Avery’s blog today, documenting the disgraceful persecution of red kites on the grouse moors of north east England and how this is suppressing the expansion of the reintroduced kite population. It’s an all too familiar story (e.g. see here).

Join the tens of thousands of ordinary people who are saying enough is enough: HERE

6 Responses to “Shot red kite successfully rehabilitated and released”

  1. 1 Les Wallace
    April 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Well done Jean!!!

  2. 2 JW4926
    April 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous heart-warming result. Thank you so much Jean!

  3. 4 Jimmy
    April 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Sadly given the levels of wildlife crime in this part of the UK, this bird has probably a 50/50 chance of making it through to this time next year:(

  4. 5 Chris Roberts
    April 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Great result, many thanks Jean.

  5. 6 Marco McGinty
    April 19, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Jean, there will be some farmers, gamekeepers and landowners that will be cursing your very name, but you can console yourself in the knowledge that a great many more people hold you in high esteem.

    Well done, and many thanks, from the civilised section of society.

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