Uncertain future for peregrine falcon

Monks Eleigh, Suffolk. Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured Peregrine Falcon which was shot and found around Long Melford. ANL-140909-172009009
Monks Eleigh, Suffolk. Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured Peregrine Falcon which was shot and found around Long Melford. ANL-140909-172009009
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A young peregrine falcon may not make a full recovery after it was shot down illegally near Long Melford at just 14-weeks-old.

The bird, which was discovered by the Chad Brook River in August, suffered a broken wing and dislocated foot.

Simon Dudhil from the Raptor Foundation in Cambridge, where the rare bird is currently being treated, said the falcon is not flying as well as they hoped it would be.

“We are not 100% sure whether that foot is going to function properly,” he said.

“Only having one foot is going to impact its ability to hunt in the wild.

“At the moment we don’t know what the future is for the bird.”

The bird’s wing had begun to heal but the damage to its foot is unclear.

The falcon’s injuries will continue to be assessed by staff at the foundation.