Nov 01 2009
If you’ve been watching this blog for a while, you know that one of Pittsburgh’s peregrine falcon “sons” has spent the past 11 months in rehab. Now, at last, Pittsburgh Pete has a permanent home. This is quite a victory for Pete, and for Judy Bailey who rescued him.
Pete (black/green 3/K) was born at the Gulf Tower in 2006 and nested successfully at the Burlington Lift Bridge in 2008 but he was seriously injured in a battle with a rival that June. Pete seemed to recover on his own but was found grounded and unable to fly in November 2008.
Since then Pete has been in the care of Judy Bailey, pictured with him here. Judy is an Animal Control Officer in Hamilton so she could nurse him back to health but is not licensed to keep him. When it was determined last May that Pete’s seizures prevented him from being released into the wild, Judy had to find him a permanent home. Otherwise he would die.
Over the summer Mountsberg Raptor Centre in Campbellville, Ontario offered to take Pete as an educational bird if he could sit quietly on the glove and tolerate people near him in an educational setting. Pete didn’t know these skills so Judy trained him. Thanks to her hard work and Pete’s ability to learn, he went to his permanent home at the Raptor Centre in late October. Mountsberg is excited to have him.
Hooray for Pete and a big thank you to Judy Bailey! She really is Pete’s guardian angel.
(photo from Judy Bailey)