CHICAGO — A young peregrine falcon is still alive thanks to a bicyclist and a Chicago Police officer who is quickly becoming the most popular cop among the city’s bird population.
The Chicago Tribune reports that on Thursday morning, 37-year-old Thomas Baker saw a bird on the sidewalk in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood that an unidentified bicyclist had pulled off the roadway and called a volunteer conservation project that protects migratory birds. The bird was taken a wildlife center to be evaluated and cared for.
Two months ago Baker helped save a gull that had become entangled in a kite near the Lincoln Park Zoo.
After that rescue, Baker was invited to watch the bird being released back into the wild.
Officers in @ChicagoCAPS18 were flagged down by a citizen about an injured #Falcon. Officers contacted Chicago Bird Collision Monitors to help/rescue the bird.
The Falcon was taken to the @NatureMuseum @dupageforest @FieldMuseum for rehabilitation. @peta #WeFoundANewMascot pic.twitter.com/j1dCALUkKR
— ChicagoCAPS18 (@ChicagoCAPS18) June 20, 2019