STORIES FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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When a rare short-tailed hawk was injured on the Cape Royal golf course, a quick-thinking friend stepped in to help.  

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On March 8, 2019, Cape Royal resident Shirley heard some golfers yelling about a downed bird on the fairway in back of her home. She ran outside and saw that it was a big bird, still alive. After carefully wrapping the bird in a towel, she took it to her vet, who sent it to the CROW Clinic, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic on Sanibel Island.  As reported in the Island Sun, the outlook for the bird—a rare short-tailed hawk—was iffy. “Shorty,” as the bird became known, underwent four months of extensive physical therapy and emerged fully recovered. He was successfully released to his home on Cape Royal Golf Course on July 9, 2019. Many thanks to the kind resident who saved this splendid creature!   View Shorty’s story below.