Poultney was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Poultney, Vermont. It is impossible to know whether the bird’s injury was intentional or accidental, but it was certainly illegal. The bird’s right wing was fractured and badly injured, and despite rehabilitative care at VINS, Poultney will never be able to fly again. Fortunately, VINS was able to provide a permanent home for the bird.
Some may say that Poultney lacks the grandeur and majesty of our hawks or eagles. However, these turkey vultures provide a fascinating look into the life of a scavenger. Our vultures are given a wide variety of food, everything from small mice to large fish. A chicken or rabbit carcass provides a stimulating activity: the vultures carefully and delicately pluck feathers and fur to reach their tasty meal.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all exhibit birds receive biannual health checkups. These examinations are complicated, however, we are careful to keep the vultures’ health checks as short as possible!