Common Buzzard

(Buteo buteo)


Buzz arrived at the sanctuary in February 2015, after we were contacted by Lockwood Veterinary Surgery where he was undergoing some major care and treatment. Sadly Buzz had been hit by a car on a motorway but was thankfully spotted by a driver who stopped to get him and rush him to the vets.

On arrival, Buzz couldn’t even stand up, but they didn’t give up on him and worked tirelessly to get him stronger and back on the road to recovery.

He was tube fed as he couldn’t feed himself, and gradually started to regain strength and was able to stand up and walk around after a few days of intensive care from the amazing vets and nurses looking after him.

At this stage, we were contacted to see if we could take him in and Buzz came to live with us at the sanctuary where the work of rehabilitating him started. Our team had to teach him how to swallow food and eventually feed himself. 

Eventually, he started to try to fly again, but it was clear that there was some permanent damage and he would not be able to fly long distances in the wild anymore, so we made the decision to keep him here, as he had settled very well with us and we knew that we could give him any extra care that he might need throughout his life!

Keeping a “wild” animal captive is not a decision we take lightly and something that is not always possible for the individual’s welfare, but in this case, he seems to be doing well with us – rest assured his health and welfare is carefully monitored by our team and vets!