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Rehabilitated red-tailed hawk released back into its Kansas City habitat

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A rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was released back into its Kansas City habitat on Wednesday. (KCTV5) A rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was released back into its Kansas City habitat on Wednesday. (KCTV5)
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A rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was released back into its Kansas City habitat on Wednesday.

The injured hawk was found on the corner 61st Street and Ward Parkway in July. It then became a story of survival after many came together to help save the bird.                                                                                                                

“We came out just to take an evening walk and there was already a small group of neighbors assembled at our fence," Elaine Scatizzi said.

When Scatizzi and her husband discovered the hawk in front of their home, it appeared to of been hit by a car.

“He was pretty sad. He couldn’t lift himself up off the ground with his wings. He could still walk. He was able to step through our fence and walk across our yard," she said.

Though Scatizzi said the hawk was being pestered by blue jays and was constantly seeking shelter. She then called the city. That’s when the Kansas City Animal Health Department stepped in.

“I took it to the nature center and it’s been there ever since until today," Scatizzi said.

According to the Lakeside Nature Center, the juvenile red-tailed hawk had both a head injury and hurt wing. They carefully nursed the hawk back to health, putting him on bed rest and reacquainting it with flying and its hunting skills.

After being nursed back to health by the center, field supervisor Arthur Baker was able to release the hawk back into its habitat. Many neighbors gathered to watch as it took flight.

“To see him today, he jumped right out of that box, kind of looked around and thought this is nice, it’s all about me and here I go. That was a thrill. It really was," Scatizzi said.

Baker says in his profession, they don’t always get happy endings.

“This is different than a dog or cat of course. So I feel good that I was able to get it to the nature center, they rehabbed it and today I was able to release it and we actually had a really good crowd to witness that," Baker said.

The Lakeside Nature Center helps more than 3,000 animals each year.

If you find yourself stumbling across an injured wild animal, you're asked to contact them immediately at 816-513-8960.

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