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Violet the Red-Tailed Hawk Is Dead
NY Times ^ | December 29, 2011 | EMILY S. RUEB

Posted on 12/30/2011 11:45:26 AM PST by EinNYC

Violet, the red-tailed hawk whose intimate family life in a nest overlooking Washington Square Park was chronicled on a live-streaming webcam, delighting more than a million viewers with the sacred spectacle of nature, died on Thursday. She was believed to be about 5 years old.

A metal wildlife band that had been placed on her leg in 2006 and was wedged awkwardly on her shin appeared to exacerbate the situation. Wildlife experts and veterinarians were summoned by the university and the state to determine if it was possible to lure her away from the nest and treat her leg, but in the end, they determined it was too risky to intervene. They decided to let nature take its course.

But it wasn’t long before Violet’s leg problems worsened. In November, bloggers following the story recorded video of her right leg dangling uselessly behind her as she picked apart prey grasped in her left talon.

Mr. Horvath and his wife, Cathy, captured Violet in the park on Saturday and took her to their home for treatment. He said she underwent surgery to amputate her right foot on Thursday, but did not survive.

“She came through the surgery very well. She woke up and was sitting up fluffing her feathers,” Mr. Horvath wrote on the Facebook page for Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, the nonprofit organization that the Horvaths run. “All of a sudden she had a heart attack. The vet did CPR on her for 20 minutes to no avail. X-rays showed that at some point after her right foot had deteriorated, her left femur was broken.”

(Excerpt) Read more at cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: hawk; rescue
What a horrible shame. Her death was caused by some imbecile who put a leg band on her, which cut off the circulation in her foot. The dire condition of her foot was well-documented via webcam and numerous close-up photos since May 2011, but the morons at Dept. of Environmental Conservation kept her from being rescued all these months. Finally a local wildlife rehabber, Bobby Horvath, trapped her and began treating what must have been a horrifically painful condition which was keeping the poor bird from hunting prey. She was basically being kept alive by her faithful mate Bobby. Imbecile bureaucracy! Had she been trapped months earlier, when bird fans around here urged that this be done, she probably would have made it, because she wouldn't have been in such rundown condition.
1 posted on 12/30/2011 11:45:33 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

I know what you mean! Yet, this goes on everywhere even though they know they will kill a large percentage of the animals they band.


2 posted on 12/30/2011 11:50:17 AM PST by Cowgirl
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To: EinNYC
A metal wildlife band that had been placed on her leg in 2006 and was wedged awkwardly on her shin appeared to exacerbate the situation.

Do-gooders, "Gooders" doing good for the good of Humanity and Nature......well, we had good intentions.

3 posted on 12/30/2011 11:52:20 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Cowgirl

the govt was only trying to help./.. right.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 11:53:39 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: EinNYC

Envirowhackos claim another victim. At least she wasn’t shredded by a wind turbine.


5 posted on 12/30/2011 11:55:07 AM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Mmogamer
"sacred spectacle of nature"

did Gaia write this?

6 posted on 12/30/2011 12:01:48 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Mmogamer
"sacred spectacle of nature"

did Gaia write this?

7 posted on 12/30/2011 12:02:15 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: EinNYC

“They decided to let nature take its course.”

Not really.


8 posted on 12/30/2011 12:04:41 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: EinNYC
IMHO, another sweet little creature that suffered under the hands of all these greenie-do-gooders, was Flower the head Mercat.

I say, and I am only an entomologist, that Flower died because her radio collar suffocated her. She could have survived the snake bite had it not been for the collar.

To you euro-greenie-do-gooders: Gotta play with something live.......try scorpions.

9 posted on 12/30/2011 12:04:41 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: EinNYC

Was Pale Male unavailable for comment?


10 posted on 12/30/2011 12:11:04 PM PST by Oratam
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To: EinNYC
They decided to let nature take its course.

'Nature' didn't put a foreign object around her leg. The enviroidiots who put it there had the moral obligation to remove it. They failed.

11 posted on 12/30/2011 12:20:32 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: EinNYC; Cowgirl
Her death was caused by some imbecile who put a leg band on her

I agree, there was absolutely no need to band that bird, its territory was established and that park was its home............What a sad ending to a great chronicle of this hawk.

12 posted on 12/30/2011 12:23:50 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: Battle Axe
They should go play with one of these, empty-handed:
13 posted on 12/30/2011 12:32:10 PM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Battle Axe
Flower died because her radio collar suffocated her.

I used to live in an apartment complex and one night there was a stray cat on the front porch, obviously hungry.

I went upstairs to get it a bowl of cat food and brought it back down. It was then I saw that it had one of those plastic ties for a collar that someone had obviously put on it when it was a kitten. It had outgrown the tie, the tie was embedded in its throat,its eyes were bulging out and was literally choking to death.

I ran upstairs to get a pair of wire cutters but when I got back down to the porch, the cat was gone. To this day I can't get the picture of that poor suffering animal out of my mind.......

14 posted on 12/30/2011 12:36:33 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: Battle Axe
Flower died because her radio collar suffocated her.

I used to live in an apartment complex and one night there was a stray cat on the front porch, obviously hungry.

I went upstairs to get it a bowl of cat food and brought it back down. It was then I saw that it had one of those plastic ties for a collar that someone had obviously put on it when it was a kitten. It had outgrown the tie, the tie was embedded in its throat,its eyes were bulging out and was literally choking to death.

I ran upstairs to get a pair of wire cutters but when I got back down to the porch, the cat was gone. To this day I can't get the picture of that poor suffering animal out of my mind.......

15 posted on 12/30/2011 12:45:46 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: EinNYC

Murder!


16 posted on 12/30/2011 2:08:30 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: EinNYC

Banding, collars, tattoos?

It is a bureaucraps primary job to see than no one or nothing is truly free.

You are not capable of running your own life, you cannot make decisions for yourself you must be dependent on “government” for your very existence.

That train of thought must forever die.


17 posted on 12/30/2011 2:19:16 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil
Banding, collars, tattoos? It is a bureaucraps primary job to see than no one or nothing is truly free. You are not capable of running your own life, you cannot make decisions for yourself you must be dependent on “government” for your very existence. — That train of thought must forever die.

Yes.

18 posted on 12/30/2011 3:53:47 PM PST by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Talisker
Until recently we could always feel confident that at least our thoughts were private. Now with technology, it is not that assured that we do not reveal our smallest thoughts.

I love the power of technology, but it is only a tool. It is forever dependent on the motives of those who try to use it.

The constitution guaranteed the privacy of our papers. Nothing connected to the web is private. NOTHING.

It comes at a price.

As Frederic Bastiat said concerning “That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen”

From: “Essays on Political Economy”

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15962/15962-h/15962-h.htm

In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects. Of these effects, the first only is immediate; it manifests itself simultaneously with its cause—it is seen. The others unfold in succession—they are not seen: it is well for us if they are foreseen. Between a good and a bad economist this constitutes the whole difference—the one takes account of the visible effect; the other takes account both of the effects which are seen and also of those which it is necessary to foresee. Now this difference is enormous, for it almost always happens that when the immediate consequence is favourable, the ultimate consequences are fatal, and the converse. Hence it follows that the bad economist pursues a small present good, which will be followed by a great evil to come, while the true economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil.

In fact, it is the same in the science of health, arts, and in that of morals. If often happens, that the sweeter the first fruit of a habit is, the more bitter are the consequences. Take, for example, debauchery, idleness, prodigality. When, therefore, a man, absorbed in the effect which is seen, has not yet learned to discern those which are not seen, he gives way to fatal habits, not only by inclination, but by calculation.

This explains the fatally grievous condition of mankind. Ignorance surrounds its cradle: then its actions are determined by their first consequences, the only ones which, in its first stage, it can see. It is only in the long run that it learns to take account of the others. It has to learn this lesson from two very different masters—experience and foresight. Experience teaches effectually, but brutally. It makes us acquainted with all the effects of an action, by causing us to feel them; and we cannot fail to finish by knowing that fire burns, if we have burned ourselves. For this rough teacher, I should like, if possible, to substitute a more gentle one. I mean Foresight. For this purpose I shall examine the consequences of certain economical phenomena, by placing in opposition to each other those which are seen, and those which are not seen.

19 posted on 12/30/2011 4:30:14 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: EinNYC

Keep government away from wildlife when they say their goal is to save it.

It’s the only way it’ll survive.


20 posted on 12/30/2011 5:30:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Texas Fossil; PGalt

You are hereby decreed to be Senior Assistant to the Senior Acolyte of Bastiat and worthy to sit before the qualifation board of final examination School of Bastiat.

So stated, sealed and thus proclaimed this Day of Our Lord 30 Dec 2011 by the Most Highest of Supreme Bastiat Lazarus Long (et ali titles - waving off).


21 posted on 12/30/2011 7:24:18 PM PST by raygun (http://bastiat.org/en/the_law DOT html)
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To: raygun; Texas Fossil; All

I saw this article today and was going to comment but couldn’t find the right words at the time. I see that many have posted the right words. Thanks for the Bastiat reference/post/exposure, Texas Fossil. Thanks for the ping, raygun. I wouldn’t have gotten to Bastiat without your link...several years ago. Hat-tip and happy new year to y’all.

live - free - republic (& red-tailed hawks)


22 posted on 12/30/2011 7:58:21 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Texas Fossil
cat_WHAT
23 posted on 12/30/2011 7:59:09 PM PST by raygun (http://bastiat.org/en/the_law DOT html)
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To: raygun
Sorry if I reference that quote too often.

He was an extremely perceptive human. And human nature does not seem to change. That makes his observations as valuable today as when he wrote them.

Our Founding Fathers also had that sense of balance and world experience.

Today ours is twisted by a sick and misleading MSM and education process. A pity. Actually a tragedy.

24 posted on 12/30/2011 8:50:25 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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