Red-tailed Hawk #19-0062 update

Sadly, on the morning of February 7, the staff found Red-tailed Hawk #19-0062 deceased in his enclosure.

The veterinary students conducted a necropsy on the hawk that afternoon to see what they could learn about this hawk’s internal injuries. No pericardial effusion [fluid around the heart] was noted as it was on admission, and the chambers and valves of the bird’s heart were within normal limits. Unfortunately, there were significant changes to the bird’s lungs, liver, and kidneys.

While the bird survived his initial injury, it’s likely that the cause of the bird’s death was multi-organ failure due to the lack of oxygenation to the tissues and organs from the hawk’s improperly functioning heart.