A red-tailed hawk recovering from having a nail in its head could be back in the wild as early as next week.
The bird has been stretching its wings and gaining back its strength in an outdoor aviary at Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, the San Jose-based facility reported Wednesday.
“This will give her the opportunity to exercise her flight muscles and build up strength before she is set free,” Wildlife Center executive director Anita Templer said in a statement.
Despite flying around with a nail in its head for about two weeks, the bird is in “relatively good shape,” and could be set free as early as next week, she said.
WildRescue, a volunteer wildlife emergency responder organization, spent six days searching for the bird in Golden Gate Park before capturing it in a special trap and bringing it to Wildlife Center Saturday. Rescuers believe someone intentionally shot the hawk, a protected species, with a nail gun.
The center estimates the hawk’s hospital stay will total almost $1,000 and is asking for donations to put toward the cost. Call 408-929-9453 or visit www.wcsv.org for more information.