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Rescued Raptor

Yesterday we received a phone call about a bird who had fallen in the garden of a house and could not fly. The WFFT Wildlife Hospital Vet team went to rescue this poor little animal to see what was wrong. He is a black baza (Aviceda leuphotes), belonging to the Accipitridae family, he will have using Thailand as a migratory route to his next destination. This species has a large range and occurs throughout Southeast Asia. It is a small carnivorous raptor, which diet is made up of large insects, frogs, small reptiles and small birds. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed them as “Least Concern”. However, their natural habitat is tropical forest, deforestation resulting in habitat loss will become a threat to this species in near future.

After a medical examination, it looks like he has no broken bones and that he is either tired, either has neurological problems. For now, he will rest and hopefully recover at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital. If he makes a recover he will be released back into the wild so he can continue his cross-country journey. We’ll keep you update of course.

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