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On Friday The Daily Weekly covered the sad case of a Cooper's Hawk that had to be put down after being attacked by a man

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Comment of the Day: Counteracting the Wretchedness and Carelessness We Inflict On Our Fellow Earth Beings

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On Friday The Daily Weekly covered the sad case of a Cooper's Hawk that had to be put down after being attacked by a man in Seattle's Victor Steinbrueck Park. The hawk, which police first found being choked and suffocated by the man, suffered from blunt force trauma and a badly mangled wing.

As the post notes:

After a brief struggle police were able to get the man to release the bird, but sadly it was too late: the hawk had already sustained substantial enough injuries that PAWS was forced to euthanize it.

According to police, with help from PAWS shelter staff, authorities are now attempting to determine exactly how many of the birds injuries were inflicted by the man. The Cooper's Hawk was found suffering from blunt trauma along with a severely injured wing which would have prevented it from ever flying normally again. Police say it's not entirely clear yet whether some of the bird's injuries may have been sustained before the man grabbed it.

The post inspired a comment from commenter SadGhost, who identifies as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator.

SadGhost writes:

The blunt trauma makes me wonder if the hawk was dazed from hitting a window. As a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, I can't imagine a drunken idiot even having a Cooper's Hawk in his possession unless something like the aforementioned occurred to the poor bird. Among our species, we harbor the worst, most cruel, most ignorant individuals on the planet. Thank god for organizations like PAWS which help to at least counteract (in part) the wretchedness and carelessness we inflict on our fellow earth beings.

 
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