On the ground master falconer Peter Kipp watched in horror as the scene unfolded. His falcon was injured and then he was gone. Kipp was devastated. When Seymour did not return he contacted the media and all appropriate organizations in North Carolina hoping someone might find Seymour.
Two weeks later and more than 140 miles away, a businessman iin Hickory, NC noticed a large bird bumping on the window glass at his office. The bird flew away, but came back and bumped against other windows. The bird was not flying into the glass, but landing on the edge of the window and bumping as if seeking attention.
A day or so later the businessman pulled into his office driveway and noticed the bird alongside the road. He got out of his truck and the bird immediately hopped into the open door and sat right in the front passenger seat. The man noticed the foot strap and bell on the bird's leg and knew this was not a wild bird. He called his veterinarian for advice and was given the number of the local wildlife rehabilitator.
The bird was so calm and seemed so comfortable that the man decided to drive to the rehabilitation center WITH THE FALCON SITTING ON THE FRONT SEAT rather than having the bird confined by the handlers. "People told me I was crazy to ride around with a falcon in the truck, but I said, 'he looks calm...what the heck.'"
Several phone calls brought the news to Kipp who was delighted that his falcon had been located. He immediately drove to Hickory to pick up Seymour.
Kipp and Seymour
(Courtesy photo from The Transylvania Times)
Seymour was a bit dehydrated and hungry due to his injury but is improving and is expected to fully recover. Soon he will be back at work with Kipp educating people about the beauty and wonder of raptors.