In May of 2006, Lady Baltimore was found injured on Juneau's Douglas Island. She had been shot in her beak and the wrist of her right wing. Also, her left eye is completely blind from a detached retina . The impact of the bullet through her beak may have been the cause of the detached retina. With only one working eye, she doesn't have depth perception. Because of this, she has a tendency to run into things and wouldn't be able to hunt for her own food in the wild. The injury to her wing prevents her from achieving lift above six feet into the air. She is not releasable to the wild because these injuries are permanent and she would not survive on her own. The poacher was never caught.
It is estimated that Lady Baltimore was on her own for about two weeks with these injuries until someone found her. The reason for this estimation is due to her weight. She was about six pounds when she was found, where she is now about eleven pounds. She was originally thought to be a male because she was so light. Therefore, her name originally was Lord Baltimore.
The Juneau Raptor Center is a volunteer, non-profit organization that has served the community of Juneau since 1987. The Center has a dual mission:
They provide treatment and rehabilitation for injured wild birds from all over Southeast Alaska; and they provide education about wildlife to the public.
Photo captured on September 16, 2015.
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