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Andrew Station Hawk Released In Grafton

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Fourth-year veterinary student Amory Koch releases the Cooper’s Hawk behind the Tufts Wildlife Clinic this morning in Grafton. The bird was rescued by the Animal Rescue League of Boston after it was caught in bird netting at an MBTA station. (credit: Andy Cunningham/TUFTS)

Fourth-year veterinary student Amory Koch releases the Cooper’s Hawk behind the Tufts Wildlife Clinic this morning in Grafton. The bird was rescued by the Animal Rescue League of Boston after it was caught in bird netting at an MBTA station. (credit: Andy Cunningham/TUFTS)

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BOSTON (CBS) — The hawk that was stuck at the Andrew Square MBTA stop was released in Grafton Friday.

The hawk was spotted at the South Boston T station last week. The bird found his way into some pigeon-deterrent netting and was unable to get out. Members of the Animal Rescue League were eventually able to cut the netting and reach the bird.

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Staff Veterinarian Maureen Murray places a numbered metal band on the Cooper’s Hawk shortly before its release this morning. Fourth-year veterinary student Amory Koch steadies the bird while the band is affixed. (credit: Andy Cunningham/TUFTS)

After being freed, the hawk was taken to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton to be evaluated. “The Cooper’s Hawk was brought to us in shock and dehydrated from living in the MBTA station, but was otherwise healthy,” said Dr. Florina Tseng, DVM, director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic.

The bird received a clean bill of health, and was released back in to the wild.

Dr. Tseng said because the bird is so young, it is not attached to a territory, which means releasing it so far away from the city was not a problem.

The Tufts Wildlife Clinic treats more than 1,000 wild birds each year, and is one of few stand-alone academic wildlife hospitals in the country.

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