Rare falcon hurt by Texas hail while flying home to Manitoba
Beatrix the peregrine falcon (Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center / Facebook)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 25, 2016 1:33PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 25, 2016 1:35PM EDT
HUTCHINS, Texas - A rare peregrine falcon is being treated at a rehabilitation centre outside Dallas after officials believe it was hurt by hail in a North Texas storm while migrating home to Canada.
Kathy Rogers, founder of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, tells Fort Worth TV station KXAS a band on the bird's leg identified it as part of the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project in Manitoba, Canada, 1,300 miles away.
Officials there say the 5-year-old falcon is known as Beatrix.
Rogers says a woman found the bird on the ground in Dallas and brought it to her. The bird has no wounds but appears to have a vision problem.
Rogers hopes the bird eventually can be released. If not, she's planning to take the falcon home on a plane.