Lucky Hawk Survives Arrow, Lead Pellet

Red-tailed hawk to spend months recovering

Valley Wildlife Care

A red-tailed hawk has managed to survive a variety of attacks, and now a full investigation is under way.

The bird was shot in the leg with an arrow, and in the wing with a lead pellet, said Brenda Varvarigos of Valley Wildlife Care.

Harming migratory birds — such as the red-tailed Hawkis punishable with jail time and fines.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened an investigation into the incident, Varvarigos said.

A doctor works to save a hawk’s life.

The bird had an arrow lodged in its leg.

Doctors also found a wound from a lead pellet.

“The bird has undergone surgery and is in the care of Valley Wildlife Care, where she will spend the next several months recovering from her injuries,” said Varvarigos in an e-mail.

Valley Wildlife is a non-profit all-volunteer based organization that relies on donations in order to operate.