Vancouver Island locals feed with hungry kitty hawks who left their nest early due to heat wave
People in Merville, British Columbia, brought bags of salmon and trout to help the many hungry kitties being looked after by the Bird Rescue Center.
The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society is currently caring for 16 eagles-many of them are young eagles that jumped out of their nests prematurely to escape the suffocating heat of the Pacific Northwest’s hot dome in late June.
The record-breaking heat wave brought temperatures to more than 30 degrees on Vancouver Island and the south coast of British Columbia. Although people are still counting the number of deaths related to high temperature- The latest figures indicate 815 deaths ——Wild animals in the province have also been severely affected or died.
Kiersten Shyian, assistant manager of wildlife rehabilitation, said many young eagles were taken to the center after they were spotted on the ground and became thin and dehydrated after leaving the nest.
“it [was] Just become very hot [their nests], They just want to find a way to get rid of this temperature, so when they are not fully prepared, they will give up their lair early,” Shyian said.
Shyian said this is the eagle they have ever cared for the most.
“We have 16 in total, 11 of which are babies with much larger appetites than adults,” Shyian said.
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The center called for fish to feed hungry birds on social media. Each eagle usually feeds 175 to 200 grams of fish at a time, three to four times a day.
“With so many eagles, we have to catch several kilograms of fish every day,” she said.
The locals brought salmon and trout-all of which were completed within a few days of the request.
“This is incredible,” Shyian said.
Shyian said that he hopes to eventually release these juveniles back into the wild, usually where they are found.
At the same time, Kitty is feeding the fish and being “guided” by the adult eagle in the center.
“We usually put young eagles on [the resident adults] So they can learn from them how to be an eagle,” Shyian said.
Once they are more developed and fly well, they will be released-Shyian said this will happen in the next few weeks or months.
“Sometimes they will take off immediately, sometimes they will hang out for a few minutes and look around,” she said.
“You will never get tired of seeing a bird that you helped to return to the wild.”