Caught on video: Caddo Animal Control rescues injured hawk

Cynthia Keith captures video of hawk rescue

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - An injured hawk is recovering, thanks to the help of a Caddo Parish Animal Control officer.

Last week, Cynthia Keith captured the rescue on cell phone video.

She posted to Facebook:

"A big thank you to Caddo Parish Animal Control's Officer Kapers for saving this injured hawk's life by capturing it safely and taking it to Walter B. Jacobs Nature Center for rehab. Caddo Parish Deputies guarded its safety after spotting it in the yard of the Caddo Courthouse. A few calls and all was taken care of, thanks Chuck Wilson interim director of the animal shelter. We hope a safe return to the wild when healed, but take comfort in the thought that it will have a happy life at the facility if not."

An intern at Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park confirmed to KSLA News 12 that the Cooper's Hawk was brought to the facility on Nov. 5 by Caddo Animal Services.

The hawk reportedly suffered from a head injury, thought to have been caused by being struck by a vehicle. Since Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park isn't equipped with an on-site veterinarian to care for the bird's medical injuries, it was taken to the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center of Louisiana (WERLA).

The hawk is expected to be taken back to Walter B. Jacobs once it is released by WERLA.

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