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Hawk saved by family released to freedom

Jan 3, 2011 12:14:00 AM - thestate.com
Scott Coulter could have run right past the big injured bird in the middle of a country road near his home in northwestern York County.

But a car was bearing down on the bird, and Coulter didn't just keep jogging and watch this huge hawk get hit. He flagged down the car to stop, picked up the hawk and held it against his chest. Then, a stranger who stopped to look at the spectacle of a sweaty guy standing in the middle of road with a big bird in his hands gave him a ride home.

"I knew I didn't want to run the two miles home with a bird," said Coulter, a maintenance supervisor at the Catawba Nuclear Station. "Especially one that clearly had been hit by a car already. I jog seven days a week - have for 20 years. I got hit by a car once myself, so I know what it feels like. Pain."

He had taken the injured hawk to the Raptor Center in Charlotte for rehabilitation and was returning the hawk to the wild.

Scott, his wife, Angie, and 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, took the bird to the Carolina Raptor Center, a nonprofit in Huntersville, N.C., north of Charlotte, that specializes in aiding injured birds of prey. The Coulters found out the bird was a red-shouldered hawk, native to both the East and West coasts and one of two hawk species common to this area. The center was happy to help - it assists in the rescue of about 700 birds each year - but first, the hawk needed a name.

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