Prognosis Bleak for Violet the Hawk

Violet and Pip in happier days.

Today The New York Times reports on the sad fate of Violet the red-tailed hawk, who nested on a window ledge at New York University last spring and raised a chick named Pip. The hawk cam is no longer active, but things have gotten bad for Violet, whose leg was previously infected by a wildlife band that appeared to cut off circulation (the band had been on her leg since 2006). Wildlife experts decided not to take Violet to the vet out of fear of interfering with her relationship to her chick.

Now the condition of the hawk’s leg has worsened and Violet faces an uncertain future, alas.