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Mama NYU Hawk is Hurt, Report Says

By Tom Liddy | May 8, 2011 3:47pm
A red-tailed hawk perches on a branch.
A red-tailed hawk perches on a branch.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

GREENWICH VILLAGE - The mama hawk who has been tending to her nest perched on NYU's Bobst library is wounded, according to a report.

Wildlife rehabilitators are trying to figure out how to treat Violet's leg, which has become swollen because a government-issued ID band has restricted blood flow, according to the New York Times.

The raptor has gained fame because of a Web cam that has been monitoring her nest at the university since last month.

An expert told the paper that her three egss were unlikely to hatch because they had exceeded the usual incubation period of 35 days.

But Friday, one hatched, just in time for Mother's Day.

The plan is to capture, treat and release her within a few days, according to the paper.

The extent of the injury is unclear and it's not certain if the hawk's leg can be saved.