Parker, an American Kestrel, was brought to our hospital after being found by well-intentioned but misguided community members who, we assume, hand reared him. He immediately exhibited uncommon behaviors for a wild bird, such as perching at the front of his carrier to watch the humans in the room curiously. He was unusually tolerant and calm during patient treatments as well. Due to his behavioral abnormalities and a deformed talon on an important hunting toe, staff decided to assess him for his potential for having a high quality of life as representative of his species on the Education Team. Parker is a quick learner, has an affable personality and an unwavering interest in sharing his personal space with staff members. He began perfecting his ambassador skills "behind the scenes" in staff offices, requesting to be involved in all office activities. After an acclimation period in an outdoor enclosure, he was moved out in front of the public, where he is developing a large fan club.
Adoptive "Parents" of Parker:
Hap & Pat Ehm • Kate Kane • Parker Morse
Diana Little • Nancy Bell • Joan Schwarze
Kelly Burgess • The Eveleth Family • Siena Buchanan
The Pattyn Family • In loving memory of Spencer Higgins