Tuesday 22nd July 2014
I have to announce the sad passing of Nelson the Common Buzzard. This wasn’t exactly unexpected. He was very old and frail at the end. I had fed him around mid morning. His remaining eye had developed a cataract, making him very visually impaired. I put some food by his feet, which he immediately grabbed. He wasn’t too steady on his feet either, but the day was nice and sunny, and he was safe in his own aviary where he had spent the last 13 years of his life. When I next went down to see him, I wasn’t surprised to find he had passed away. I thought it was kinder to allow him to peacefully drift away in his own aviary, rather than catch him up and put him in the wild life hospital. We owe it to them to do what is right for them at the end. This brings the Buzzard Saga at Muncaster to an end now. Nelson came to the Owl Centre back in 1987. He came in as a fully mature adult. We have no way of knowing how old he was. He had the ‘misfortune’ of having one eye shot out, rendering him visually impaired, and therefore unable to survive in the wild. The decision was made to keep him at the Owl Centre. As chance would have it, an injured female came in not long afterwards; ‘Mohawk Mo’! She had been poisoned, and had fallen off a cliff, badly breaking her wing. She was put on a drip for 5 days, to help get the poison out of her system. Her wing was mended, but never fully recovered, making her flight impaired. Other than their physicals defects, they were both ‘hale and hearty’, and ended up breeding many able bodied juveniles which were then released around Muncaster. I suppose the Buzzard Saga continues with the wild Buzzards we see flying around Muncaster, but that part is now longer in our hands.
‘Rest easy friend’
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