Had her feathers been a little more full, a young Peregrine falcon may not have needed help during Pets in the Park in Saskatoon a week ago.
Dr. Rhonda Shewfelt, a veterinarian and falconer, stepped into action when the falcon dropped from the sky and landed in a wading pool. Shewfelt says everyone was very cautious around the bird on site, but they have been in Saskatoon for many years and are nothing to be afraid of. Shewfelt says the Peregrine falcon is one of three species of falcon to call Saskatoon home, but these Peregrine falcons live and breed on top of the Radisson Hotel towers, which is a hard place to learn how to fly from. The week before this falcon's sister was brought to the Veterinary College on Campus after a similar incident. Shewfelt says this issue likely wouldn't have happened to a male falcon because they tend to be smaller and grow their full-length feathers faster. The falcons have been established in Saskatoon since the early 1990s.