Taking X-rays of birds takes great care

Have you ever thought about how animal professionals take X-rays?

It can be a difficult task at times when trying to position a patient without causing more stress to the wild animals we admit. In some situations, we may have to anesthetize a patient to use this important diagnostic tool. This Northern Goshawk (a rare patient for us) needed X-rays so we put a falconer hood on him and it calmed him right down without sedation! Some of our hawk patients will calm if they have their faces covered and they can’t see us. This hawk has a fractured ulna so he is in a wing wrap to help him heal.