Peregrine Falcon Killed by lead shot

This Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) was found with serious injuries shot by a poacher. After several days at the Milvus rehabilitation center under veterinarian care the bird couldn’t be saved. I played the pathologist role finding the cause of death diagnosis. The Peregrine Falcon carcass diagnostic show details that indicate that the shot wounds the left wing and foot.

From Falco peregrinus


The bird lost the third digit injured by a bullet. The toe tissue slowly died because the local blood supply in the tissue was inadequate. The inflamed tissues around the bullets had weakened the bird and caused septicemia.

From Falco peregrinus

The callus around the embed bullet on the Tarsometatarsus show that the bird SUFFERED LONG before his death.

Other Peregrine Falcon skeleton photos here

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