Rare falcon born atop Oshawa hospital
Rare falcon born atop Oshawa hospital

Rare falcon born atop Oshawa hospital (Photo)

It wasn’t your normal christening, but then the youngster involved was a bit flighty.

Salveo is a baby peregrine falcon born at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa site about one month ago. A naming contest was held on Friday with staff, doctors and the public putting forward submissions via social media.

“These birds are not seen very often,” said Lakeridge CEO Kevin Empey. “When we first noticed them, we alerted birding professionals because they track each one. And now they have a new baby to track.”

The female chick was named Salveo, Latin for “to be well” or “to be in good health.” She weighs 910 grams and has been declared very healthy, the hospital said.

Peregrine falcons all but disappeared in much of their Canadian range after heavy use of DDT in 1950s. The population started to rebound after the toxic chemical was banned in the 1970s.

There are 84 breeding pairs of peregrine falcons in Ontario. Four chicks were born to another another pair in Windsor earlier this year.


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