Friday, February 24, 2012
This is an updated photo of RANCHER, an immature male Merlin who arrived here a few weeks ago unable to fly. Xrays showed that he has practically no muscle delineation from his elbow to shoulder in his left wing. That would explain why he couldn't fly when found.
If you'll notice in this photo, he's rather high up in his 8'x 20' mew and this isn't the highest he's flown. He's regularly found at the very top of the mew, about 15+ feet up.
At this point I don't see how he's able to do this but will take him in for further xrays to see just what's happening with that wing. Now I'm hopeful that he'll eventually be strong enough for release.