Beijing rescue center releases 8 common kestrels after rehabilitation

Five rescuers and their families joined in the release of eight common kestrels in Beijing today.The Beijing Raptor Rescue Center (BRRC) released eight common kestrels at the Ming Tombs in the Changping District of Beijing today. Five rescuers and their families joined in the release.

The fledgling kestrels had presumably fallen from nests onto sidewalks at the beginning of the summer, while others accidentally ran into cars or flew into houses. Another was found running around Peking Union Medical College Hospital.

All were rescued in time and sent to BRRC.

"The period between April and July is the breeding season for birds and a busy time for raptor rescue," said BRRC rehabilitator Zhou Lei. “During this period, BRRC tends to receive a large number of fledglings. In May and July alone, BRRC received 65 fledgling raptors.”

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“If you see fledglings fall from the nest, it is best for you to put them back or in a relatively safer place nearby as soon as possible to let the parents find them,” Lei added. “If they are wounded or in danger, contact a professional rescue institution. When you are waiting for the rescuers, put them in a box with holes and a container of clean water. Do not feed them any food. Reduce their contact with the outside world to lessen their stress."

“A true love for raptors is not to own them, but to let them go home and fly in nature," rescuer Zhou Guang said.

Raptors are protected by Chinese law, and raising raptors without the correct permits is illegal. Raptors are not companion animals and not suitable to be kept at home. Raising raptors on a leash in a cage will cause serious damage to them and take away their opportunity to return to the wild.

“A true love for raptors is not to own them, but to let them go home and fly in nature," rescuer Zhou Guang said.

--GG

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