Snail Kite #17-4017

Snail Kite #17-4017
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Dec 02 2017

On December 2, a snail kite was admitted with severe head trauma and fractures in both of its wings. It is believed to have been hit by a car.

Snail kites are an endangered species, both federally and locally in Florida, however they are more common throughout much of South America. Snail kites are a specialized hawk and as their name suggests, they feed primarily on apple snails.

Status Updates

Eye Surgery - Dec 04 2017 9:15 am

The snail kite was taken into surgery this morning to evaluate the damage from its head trauma and possibly eviscerate, or remove, its eye. It was determined it would not be necessary to eviscerate the eye.


Eating Snails - Dec 06 2017 3:47 pm

The kite has become more alert. It is now eating snails willingly that are removed from the shell and fed to it using tongs. Surgery to repair its injured wings is planned for tomorrow.


Pinning fractured wing - Dec 07 2017 2:47 pm

The snail kite underwent surgery today to place pins in the fractured right ulna. A splint has also been placed on the fractured left metacarpals. The kite will continue to receive pain medications and daily bandage changes over the weekend. It will also begin receiving physical therapy to maintain muscle strength and range of motion in its wings.