Species: American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Hatch Year: 1996
Arrival at Mountsberg: July 1996
Gender: Female
Injury: Human Imprint

Life History:

Katy came to Mountsberg from the Toronto Wildlife Centre after being found at Eglington and Dufferin Streets in Toronto. She was admitted to TWC due to the fact that she was unable to use one of her legs properly due to a fracture. While her leg healed in the hospital at Mountsberg, Katy showed signs of being human imprinted. She was very calm around the staff and would readily hop up onto a hand and would call for food whenever she saw people (a behaviour she still does today). We believe that Katy was found as a baby and raised by a well-meaning person who released her when she was old enough to fly, not realizing that she would be imprinted and unable to care for herself in the wild. (source: http://www.hrca.on.ca)

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