Friday, 24 November 2017

Sad end for ‘Bertie’ the injured buzzard

I AM grateful to Amanda Stewart for this story about a poor buzzard that is both heartwarming and sad.

I AM grateful to Amanda Stewart for this story about a poor buzzard that is both heartwarming and sad.

The bird of prey was first spotted in the grounds of Hambleden church in November by villager Sammy Webb. She noticed it was injured but couldn’t get near it so called the RSPB.

Over the next day or so, there were various sightings of the bird around the village, including one by Bradley Stewart, of dog walking company Waggy Walkers. He was surprised to see such a large bird of prey on the ground but saw it was in distress and tried to catch it.

Eventually, he managed to throw a coat over its head and subdue it sufficiently to place it in one of his dog crates and took it to Henley Veterinary Centre.

Vet Sharon Wallis operated on newly named Bertie the buzzard who had a fractured radius, possibly as a result of a fight over food with some red kites.



She placed five pins into the broken wing and, thanks to antibiotics and care, the bird recovered. Bertie was moved to the Tiggywinkles animal rescue centre in Haddenham in order to continue his rehabilitation before being returned to the wild.

However, despite making good progress initially, Bertie’s fracture was not healing due to a callus and needed another operation. The surgery was successful but, sadly, the buzzard never awoke from the anaesthetic.

Incidentally, Bertie was probably wrongly named. Tiggywinkles owner Les Stocker says, “The males are much more placid than the females so with her behaviour this one was almost certainly a female!”



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