UC Davis lab results are in for the 1st retrieved baby hawk from Riverside Park:
Blood/organ samples contained lethal levels of two anti-coagulant rodenticides.
I will publish more information when I am allowed to. Please note that this information comes from just one set of test results. There are several more to be performed--bear in mind that only the pathologist can officially declare the actual cause of death in the baby hawks.
It was more or less clear what happened to these babies especially after the severe internal bleeding discovered from the first necropsy.
After all of our many years of self-appointed dominance over the earth we have not learned to tolerate and live with this humble, innocent fellow mammal.
But yet we gladly tolerate this one!
Our obsession to exterminate this poor creature has cost us the lives of three non-target animals...
Not to mention that they were highly likely the grandchildren of Palemale and Lola, and not to mention the agony that these terrible chemicals inflict on the poor rats themselves.
These two beautiful animals did everything right, especially for being their first attempt (as far as we know) at being parents. But how were they to know that food they brought to their nest to feed their babies was tainted? The poor hungry rat ate food that my fellow man had laced with poison.
They are strong, tough animals but Nature has a long way to go to teach them to deal with Man's selfishness.
All along Houston Street there are rodent baiting stations.
Don't forget that the people that are putting these poisons out are not doing it for themselves--they are doing it for you and I.
All poisoning of animals must stop now! Starting with Riverside Park and Central Park!