A BIRD of prey has amazed its handlers by recovering from life-threatening injuries, including the loss of an eye.
Four-year-old Goshawk, Meg, one of the birds kept at Elite Falconry at Cluny, was rushed to a vet after flying into a fence and suffering injuries which were so severe that the surgeons were astonished she hadn’t died.
Handler Roxanne Peggie said: “The vet commented that he had never seen such injuries in a bird still alive. She should be dead.”
Meg was given to Roxanne by experienced falconer Steve Crockford who had helped teach her about the sport when she was starting off.
She said: “He had begun flying a second hawk too and was forced to accept he had time for just one of the birds.
“He did not want to let Meg go at all. However he realised a gap in our winter hunting team would be perfectly filled by Meg and that her life would be further enriched by what we had to offer.”
Roxanne and the team had only had Meg for a short time when the accident occurred as she was pursuing a pheasant.
She said: “Her eye had been pushed backwards in her skull, the boney frame of her eye socket was turned inside out and sticking out of her face. Her cornea had been badly scratched.
The outer eyelid had been badly damaged, as had the inner one. She had no ability to blink, or close her eye to sleep. The eyeball had been torn away from most of the muscle and ligament that holds it in place, and allows it to move.”
Miraculously, despite being told that she wouldn’t fly again, Meg made a full recovery and is on a hunting trip in the Grampians.
Roxanne said: “Every single part of this has been taken entirely in her stride. She just takes life as it comes.”