Fairmont raptor center marks first birth in captivity

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver For the first time in 32 years, a red-tailed hawk has been born in captivity at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Fairmont.
Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver For the first time in 32 years, a red-tailed hawk has been born in captivity at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Fairmont.
Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver
For the first time in 32 years, a red-tailed hawk has been born in captivity at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Fairmont.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Employees and volunteers at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center (WVRRC) recently witnessed something they have never seen before.

The WVRRC’s mission is to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned birds of prey while providing environmental education programs to the public for the benefit of all living things.

 Mike Book, the director of the WVRRC, said the raptor center, which is located on Bunner Ridge Road in Fairmont, has never had a bird born in captivity.

That is until now.

Book said employees and volunteers noticed Rusty, a female red-tailed hawk, laid three eggs while in custody at the center. He said one of those three eggs hatched and a baby red-tailed hawk was born about two weeks ago.

“It’s a unique situation,” Book said.

He said it is a one-of-a-kind situation for a couple of different reasons.

In the WVRRC’s 32 years of existence a bird has never been born in captivity until this year…

 

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