Our male red-tailed hawk is originally from Cape Neddick, Maine, where he was struck by a vehicle in 1998. Neddick’s right wing was broken, and the elbow was dislocated. Unfortunately, these injuries permanently impaired his flight ability, and he cannot fly well enough to hunt and survive in the wild, so VINS became his permanent home.
For several years, Neddick was a glove-trained education bird featured in programs at VINS and throughout the local area. He was well-suited for the job because he was highly food-motivated: eager to perform desired behaviors in exchange for food. Neddick was a particularly vocal bird, sometimes treating visitors to a demonstration of his beautiful scream.
As Neddick grew older, he seemed to suffer from some mobility problems. Neddick was retired from educational programs in 2014. However, as soon as he was released into his new exhibit home, Neddick shocked everyone by hopping and climbing right up to a perch, moving as if he had no arthritis at all! Our staff suspects that he feigned injury in order to retire early and enjoy a cozy life on exhibit.