“Adopt” Tilden the Red-Tailed Hawk
One beautiful spring day in 2005, Tilden was out hunting in the lovely state of Georgia. As he soared above crops and open fields, he saw several mice and rats around a structure in the distance. (Unfortunately, Tilden did not realize that the structure was actually a chicken coop). He perched up in a nearby tree just waiting for a hungry mouse or rat to come out and eat the grains the farmer had thrown to feed the chickens. Regrettably, the farmer thought Tilden was there to eat the chickens instead of the mice and rats, and Tilden was shot. Luckily for Tilden a Good Samaritan was riding nearby, captured the injured hawk, and took him to a rehabilitation clinic (a bird hospital). He was able to be nursed back to health, but he still has a residual injury from his gunshot wound and could never survive out in the wild. Tilden joined the Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey in November 2005.
By adopting Tilden, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below: