This is their facebook, where they have all of their information. I really want to get these birds to facilities that will treat them with respect and safety
this is horrific.
I’d like to think that maybe no one ever showed them how to train an educational bird to be on a glove… but I suspect they hold them in the medical style leg hold because they’re either incredibly uncomfortable with working with the birds or more likely want the birds to do the dramatic flapping that they rarely do when they feel secure on the glove (though I imagine they could be trained to do flapping things without flailing them about by their legs).
(Also the rough-legged hawk… I can just see the hawk getting its hip dislocated by the incompetent handler, and the thing he does with the great horned owl is beyond disgusting)
Wow, I’m speechless. These people are unbelievably ignorant on how to handle and treat their birds.
There’s a petition to remove their education permit until they properly glove train the birds here. It’s almost halfway there and I’m not sure if it’ll do any good, but it’s worth a try to get these poor birds some better care.
aw :( yikes, this is awful.
As for getting the birds to flap a bit, you can just roll your wrist or glove the slightest bit (when properly gloved and jessed), which slightly puts the bird off balance and cause it to show off some wing. Flinging them through the air is not necessary at all. The poor raptors body language is showing some serious stress.
Not to mention…what if the person drops the bird?! A GHO flung headfirst into that man he was “staring” at or a loose turkey vulture in the middle of a group of rowdy school children is not a good scene.
Personally, I DO believe in educational animals-but within reason, and humanely treated and cared for.