A juvenile Cooper's hawk with a broken wing was running along the fences backing to Windstream Drive on March 5. I made several unsuccessful attempts to rescue the youngster with the help of some neighbors I had never met and a close friend. It was very cold and getting dark but I was determined to save this beautiful bird from certain death. In desperation I hesitantly called 911, fearful of being accused of (and possibly fined for) inappropriately calling. I was surprised and elated when the woman who answered kindly offered to call Animal Control directly since they were closed. Lynn Neser, Animal Control Officer Extraordinaire, quickly came to our rescue and brought the little one to Frisky's Wildlife Rehabilitation. My deepest gratitude to Ms. Neser, the Howard County Police, my Bryant Woods neighbors Justin, Kelly and Brian, and my friend Robin who helped keep the bird safe. Deep gratitude also to Frisky's who I had called two hours earlier and whose outgoing message let me know they were available to take the youngster in. Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart.
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