Bay Area birdwatchers mourn the failed rescue of ‘Tuffy,’ the kidnapped baby hawk

7 July 2023

Tuffy, the immature red-tailed hawk who was “adopted” by a family of bald eagles and studied closely by a group of astonished Bay Area birders, has been found dead.

The fledgling raptor’s body was found on the ground Wednesday morning, following two days of increasing concern over the animal’s health.

The cause of death was not immediately known but was most likely starvation, said Doug Gillard, a professor of anatomy and physiology at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward. Gillard and others found the body Wednesday morning and showed it to a raptor rehabilitator.

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