From Close Call to Close-Up

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A cedar waxwing which escaped the clutches of a hawk flying over Coquitlam in late July has become the star attraction of a new Wildlife Rescue Christmas card.

The fledgling bird and its sibling were grabbed from the nest by a hawk only to be dropped in mid-air. The pair landed on the hood of a car in Raven Court, Coquitlam. The couple driving the car rescued the birds and handed them over to neighbour, Eric Simmons who is married to a board member of the Wildlife Rescue Association.

While one sibling succumbed to its injuries, the other escaped with a small abrasion on its beak. It had to be fed every 30 minutes when it first arrived at Wildlife Rescue but after two weeks it was able to feed itself. The cedar waxwing thrived in care and was released within a month of its traumatic scrape with death.

A volunteer photographer captured a shot of the feisty bird during its recovery and several months after its release, staff at the rehabilitation centre decided to use the image of the bird for a new Christmas card.

The cedar waxing Christmas cards are available in packs of five and cost $7.50 per pack. The card is part of a collection of Christmas cards and calendars being sold to raise money for the organization that treats more than 5,000 wild animals a year.

They are available from Wildlife Rescue’s office at 5216 Glencarin Drive in Burnaby. They can also be ordered by phone on 604 526 2747, ext. 502 or online at All proceeds will go directly to Wildlife Rescue.

Images available on request.

Yolanda Brooks, Communications Manager

Tel: 604 526 2747, ext. 504


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