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A famous Winnipeg bird is on the mend in Texas.
Beatrix, a rare peregrine falcon from Winnipeg, was injured in a hailstorm last Friday in Dallas.
A passerby found the bird on US Highway 75 and brought her to the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hutchins, where they noticed band on its leg. It said, "Winnipeg."
"She’s doing fine," said Kathy Rogers, director at the centre.
Beatrix had no physical injuries, common tell-tale signs of being hit by a car or having flown into a building, but is experiencing vision problems after being hit in the head with hail.
"She can see, but it’s not 100 per cent just yet," Rogers said. "We’re handing her pieces of quail and she’s readily taking food."
Tracy Maconachie, the coordinator for the Manitoba Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project, said she found out the news about Beatrix on the Internet.
"Her picture was found on Facebook," she said. "Someone spotted it and made a note of it and I made the call to Rogers and told them they had my bird," she said.
It’s not the first accident Beatrix has endured. Just days after fledging, she was found at the bottom of the Eaton’s smokestack in downtown Winnipeg.
Rogers said Beatrix has an appointment on Monday to see an veterinarian ophthalmologist.
"We’re trying to get her back up there before the third week of April so she can resume nesting," Rogers said. "Ideally, we’d like to release her so she can fly back up naturally. That’s the goal."
Flying her back to Winnipeg is also on the table if Beatrix isn’t game for the 1,300-mile flight.
Maconachie said Beatrix will likely have some tests flights in a flight cage this week. She said she has seen some peregrine falcons flying 500 to 700 miles a day, but thinks if Beatrix is able to fly back under her own power, she will take her time.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe — https://www.gofundme.com/wuvb3ctm — has been set up for Beatrix to cover the costs of a flight back to the city, if needed.
Peregrine falcons are on the endangered species list in Canada.