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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 06:15 PM

Rescued hawk showing more extensive frostbite damage


A great black hawk found injured in a Portland park during a snowstorm is showing more significant signs of frostbite, according to the group caring for the raptor.

The bird is native to Central and South America and its presence in Deering Oaks had drawn widespread attention. It was found lying in the snow Jan. 21 and taken to the nonprofit Avian Haven rehabilitation center in Freedom for treatment.

In an update posted Monday morning, Avian Haven said the skin on the feet of the great black hawk has shown “significant deterioration” in the past 48 hours, with the lower legs also showing effects of frostbite. The group previously announced that the hawk will lose at least part of a toe to frostbite.

“The condition is currently very serious, and we may not have seen the worst of it yet, but hope remains,” the Facebook post said. “We are continuing with treatments that are being modified according to ongoing developments.”


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