From Iceland — Falcon Recovers From Oil Attack

Falcon Recovers From Oil Attack

Published October 24, 2013

A falcon who was attacked by several other birds is reportedly recovered, and almost ready to be returned to the wild.
Vísir reports that the falcon – named Illugi – was hunting a fulmar near the farm of Eyjarhólar yesterday when suddenly, the tables were turned. A few fulmars attacked the young falcon, and soon overpowered him.
The fulmars reportedly attacked Illugi not just be beak and talon, but by vomiting fish oil on him. This rendered his feathers clotted and laden with oil, preventing him from being able to fly.
This might have been the end for Illugi, were it not for farmer Sindri Björnsson, who found him just outside of town and gave him the name he has today. Plumber Ólafur Ingi Þórarinsson was among those who helped in the rescue, bathing the falcon in a tub.
Illugi was thoroughly dried and is expected to fully recover. Residents plan to release him to the wild in a few days.

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