Posted Dec 17, 2015
I rescued my falcon when I was driving home from work one day. I saw a bird lying in the middle of the road. Semis and other cars kept driving over the bird, and he was thrown recklessly by the wind created by their passing. I put my hazards on and blocked the road to give me enough time to scoop up the bird with a towel I had. At first I thought he was dead, but it turned out he was dazed because he had swallowed a rat and it had become lodged in its throat. I called a vet who assisted in removing the rat. The falcon immediately came back to life, spreading his wings and beginning to become aggressive. Luckily, he was in a cage at that point. He was sent to a bird sanctuary, where he was rehabilitated and set free into the wild.
Falcons are birds of prey, and birds of prey require complex care. I would only recommend having one if you have a license, training and education to take care of large birds of prey. Even then, they are best kept with a sanctuary that can give them the space and care they need should they no longer be able to survive in the wild.