Blood transfusion gives relief to bird afflicted by rodenticide

Medical procedure is a first in the center’s history

ON THE JOB—Above, Dr. Stephany Lewis of the California Wildlife Center administers a blood transfusion to the poisoned hawk. At right, the red-tailed hawk receives blood, via a catheter, from another healthy red-tailed hawk. Top right, the patient looks better the following day.The California Wildlife Center in Calabasas recently received an adult female red-tailed hawk with evidence that she had been poisoned by anticoagulant rodenticide, which prevents blood from clotting.
The bird likely beca...

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