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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Lake County firefighters rescue baby hawk

A fledgling hawk is safe thanks to the efforts of two eagle-eyed firefighters. Firefighters with Lake County Fire Rescue’s Engine 21 near Eustis caught and aided a wounded red-tailed hawk on Saturday, according to a news release. The hawk, just 10-12 weeks old, was dehydrated and malnourished.

A Lake County firefighter aids a wounded hawk. // Photos by Lake County

Firefighter/paramedic Kyle Rushton and firefighter/EMT Jeremy Searcy contacted the Avian Reconditioning Center for Birds of Prey in Apopka. The center accepted the young bird, which will be rehabilitated and returned to the area where it was found. Additional photos of the rescue can be found at