Rhett is a male Eastern Red-tailed Hawk from Georgia.
As a first year bird just learning to fly he was shot. He was released following his initial medical care, but was found thin and weak near his release site and returned to the rehab center. 3 pellets remain in his body, 2 in the left wing and one in his neck. Although he has no external injuries, it is thought the pellets cause pain similar to arthritis, and make it difficult to fly and therefore survive.
Once the veterinarian deemed him non-releaseable he was rehomed to the Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center in late 2007.