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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2011, 08:25:20 PM »

Aw, Patti......so sad.  crying   I watched that first year when S2 came. She is quite a remarkable falcon and truly sad she will not be able to fend for herself anymore.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2011, 10:21:52 PM »

So sad about S2. She has become such a great mum. I still remember the season she took over from the female in the nest, and although we lost Beansie, she learned to become a good stepmom to the surviving chicks. And subsequently she became a great mom herself to many new chicks. Poor Pa as well. Sad. I am so angry at the idiot who shot her!  rant2
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2011, 11:59:33 PM »

Link to a photo of S2 in a caregiver's hand (she still looks beautiful  love ) and the x-ray of her wing. Also an article but it's in Dutch.

http://www.vwggemertslechtvalk.nl/nieuws/26-nadere-info-over-s2.html

link thanks to DEF
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« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2011, 01:10:30 AM »

How very sad... poor Pa will be searching for her. I too remember when she came on the scene, how we hated her because she possibly killed the original mother and then Pa struggled to feed the perlets. Suddenly she started to care for them too.. it was miraculous... then we grew to love her.
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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2011, 08:17:09 AM »

Here's an update on her surgery ....

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GEMERT - The female peregrine falcon who made De Mortel famous through the webcams of the “beleef de Lente”, was successfully operated on a gunshot wound to her wing. She was found injured Thursday in the municipality of Gemert.
Since 2007, millions of people follow the living of the falcon during the breeding season through the cameras of the “beleef de Lente”. This is the webcam project of Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds (BVN).

"Complicated operation"
According to vet Caroline Hommers it was a rather complicated operation. The small ball was in the right wing of the animal and the bones in the same wing were also broken at several places. "We first removed the bullet and then the wound was closed. It was a steel sphere with a diameter of about two to three millimeters. Then we external y fixed the wing. This means it is fixed using two pens inside and the outside of the wing. These pins must stay four to six weeks. "

Stress in the falcon
According to Hommers there was a difficult moment during the operation. "When we got the falcon from the anesthesia, she just stopped breathing. Fortunately, we could recover easily from this. This is a signal of stress from the animal. Now we hope she shall eat and strengthens. After four to six weeks we make an x-ray to see if she can go back into the wild.

S2
The female peregrine falcon is called S2. which refers to the ring number on her leg. She first came into view in 2007. Who shot the female, it is still unclear. The Vogelwerkgroep Gemert has reported this to the police, which is investigating the case. The ball is transferred. The killing of birds of prey in the Netherlands is strictly prohibited.
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« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2011, 08:22:06 AM »

Poor Pa was looking for his girl yesterday.  Sad

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« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2011, 08:39:21 AM »

Thanks, PattiO. I am so glad S2 came through the surgery OK. Fingers crossed she can be returned to the wild and to Pa.  heart0 I sure hope they can catch and prosecute the shooter. Probably a pigeon owner.  rolleyes2
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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2011, 11:20:55 AM »

That's what everyone keeps saying ... S2 was known to bring tagged pigeons to the nest.   rolleyes2

Another tidbit posted ...

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POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT S2
de Betty Dam, el Sábado, 30 de julio de 2011 a las 19:56

"Important is that she keeps eating. I do expect so, because she was clear and not afraid after the operation. THE CHANCE OF BEING BROUGHT BACK INTO NATURE IS BIG, according to Hommers (the vet). But we have to wait and see for the moment."

The outer fixation has to remain for the coming 4 to 6 weeks. "Then we will make a control-foto to see if the bones have recovered. If this is the case, we will take it away". The Perigrine shall have to get used to the new situation for a while. "It is quite a weight that´s hanging down her wing now"
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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2011, 12:01:59 PM »

Thank you Patti.. poor Dad... wish he could know that she is being cared for.
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« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2011, 02:54:31 PM »

How senseless,  sosad.
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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2011, 08:25:21 AM »

You can see photos of the operation  here ....

http://www.vwggemertslechtvalk.nl/fotos/category/23-status-s2.html
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2011, 06:59:19 AM »

I got behind ... here is an update Ingrid posted on BCAW.

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S2 is recovering well the last 24 hours from the long-term operation.
She behaves calmly and has already eaten a whole bird. With the food her medicine is administered, antibiotics and a painkiller. This medication is dropped on a small piece of fresh, tender meat and when she has eaten that, she gets the whole prey. This way we want to make sure she gets all of the medication. We must ensure that the prey is not too greasy and heavy obviously, otherwise she will never leave the ground. She consumes little energy now of course. If a full recovery occurs, we must ensure that she gets in a good condition. How that training is going to be done we are not quite sure yet, but we do this in consultation with qualified persons.

That S2 is quiet has nothing to do with her injury and / or anaesthesia. Peregrines are naturally calm, calculated and cold-blooded, real rulers of the skies. Actually quite a bit arrogant but in this case that is very beneficial for her recovery.

In the coming days we will bring you news about her condition and further developments at least every two days. In addition, we try to post some footage on this website.

We are deeply impressed that you are all so sympathizing with S2 and are contacting us about her. For us it is impossible to personally thank everyone for the many positive comments through our contact form. It supports and encourages us and we hope like you all that S2 will properly heal and regains her freedom.

We will keep you informed in the coming weeks!

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« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2011, 07:06:37 AM »

The wonderful people over on the BCAW Forum have donated over $600.00 so far to send for S2's recovery.  Just in case anyone here would like to donate ... the BCAW forum has it's own Paypal account so people are just making donations to that account and then they will transfer it.  Their Paypal page is here ... https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=u_6z4YxVTMrCn5clVaQHKudQWr4qe3ln_vYyBS1kprebX__oeQfTZnp7kye&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d1e83f46a36995b3856cef1e18897ad75

I hope that's the right link....   puzzled2 rolleyes2
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2011, 12:31:35 AM »

Thank you so much Patti, so glad to have news of S2.
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2011, 06:49:01 AM »

Here's a video of some the operation .... poor S2... her wing must have been a mess!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOTu7qY4sVA&feature=youtu.be
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