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Oily Hawk Rescued in North Iceland

A hawk that was covered in oil and therefore incapable of flying was rescued by the staff of the Akureyri division of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) at Sléttuhlíd in Skagafjördur, north Iceland, on Monday.

From Skagafjördur. View of Drangey island. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The NÍ staff members notified the North West Iceland Nature Center. An employee of the center promptly arrived with a cage and then transferred it to Saudárkrókur, mbl.is reports.

According to the center’s website, the hawk was exhausted when it was discovered, jumping around but unable to fly. It made some recovery after being fed and resting at the center for one night.

The hawk was then sent to the Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park where it will be cared for until it recovers fully. If everything goes according to plan it will be released in Skagafjördur shortly.

Recently an oily eagle was discovered on Snaefellsnes peninsula in west Iceland and it was also taken to the Reykjavík Zoo.

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