Shot buzzard successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild

Last month we blogged about this adult female buzzard that had been found ‘down, shocked and injured’ in Norton, North Yorkshire. She has severe lacerations to her head and feet, believed to have been caused by trying to escape from a cage trap. An x-ray also revealed a shotgun pellet lodged on her right leg/foot. (Photos from Jean Thorpe)

The buzzard received medical and surgical treatment from vet Mark Naguib of Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic and then wildlife rehabilitator extraordinaire Jean Thorpe put in hours and hours of expert care, including even twice daily physiotherapy to stretch the bird’s talons to enable her to stand on her damaged foot. Jean commented, “She looks tatty headed but she is defiant and strong“.

Last week all this hard work paid off and the buzzard was successfully released back to the wild.

More brilliant work from vet Mark Naguib and as for Jean Thorpe, we’re just in awe of her. This remarkable lady has a fundraising page so if you’re able to show your appreciation and support with a donation, please do – SEE HERE.


6 Responses to “Shot buzzard successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild”

  1. 1 Tony Warburton MBE
    June 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Well done yet again Jean. You have been a complete star for so many years and I hereby appoint you Dame Jean Thorpe, albeit belatedly. The World Owl Trust salutes you.

  2. June 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Jean, you are amazing. She looks so much better now.
    Pity we can’t mount cameras on the birds to catch these swines at it.
    Well done you!

  3. 3 jean thorpe
    June 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Thankyou, we refused to give up on her and thankfully it worked out. Always a thrill to see them back in their element.

  4. 5 Les Wallace
    June 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Jean you’re magic.

  5. 6 Mick
    June 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Well done both mark and jean, great ending to a sad story. I feared the worst when I first saw the buzzard but again you have worked wonders, the job satisfaction must be fantastic

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