Shot buzzard successfully rehabilitated and released

Last month we blogged about a buzzard that had been found with shotgun injuries in North Frodingham, East Yorkshire (see here). Vet Mark Naguib pinned the buzzard’s wing and the bird spent four weeks in the expert care of wildlife rehabilitation specialist Jean Thorpe.

Buzzard shot Driffield April 2016 Jean Thorpe

Two days ago, Jean was able to release the buzzard back to the wild:


Just a few weeks earlier, we blogged about Jean’s work to successfully rehabilitate and release a shot red kite (see here).

Thanks, again, Jean Thorpe, for the incredible work you do.

If anyone wants to support Jean’s efforts, please consider making a donation here.


5 Responses to “Shot buzzard successfully rehabilitated and released”

  1. 1 peter hatton
    May 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    well done jean its great to hear some good news regarding this outcome thanks to your hardwork brilliant effort

  2. 2 Jean Thorpe.
    May 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Thankyou, this bird had 2 serious shot gun shot fractures to one wing. Mark Naguib ,vet and the team at Battleflatts Vet Surgery, Stamford Bridge, York did some amazing surgery. The metacarpus was feather splinted and the ulna was pinned and with an external fixation. The bird was contained in a Raptor Rescue intensive care box here and was given antibiotics daily. Rehab is difficult for all wild things but buzzards are particularly nervous and we kept our fingers crossed he could stand the captivity. I was minimal with him and spent as little time as possible in his space. 3 weeks in and the pins and fixation was removed over a week and he went into a small shed with water to bathe in. He flew immediately so we knew we on for release ! It was wonderful to see him go on release, strong ,even wing beats and back where he belonged. Shame on the man that shot him.

  3. 3 Chris Roberts
    May 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much, so pleasing to know that this magnificent bird is back where he belongs. Shame indeed on the low life that shot him.

  4. 4 Marco McGinty
    May 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Aye, well done Jean, Mark, and your respective teams.

    • 5 Marian
      May 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      What amazing work you do, Jean and all involved – thank you for your skill and compassion.

      Those who do these deplorable acts can only destroy.

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