WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It looks like a couple of baby hawks will grow up orphans. A Wilmington family found the red tail nestlings in their yard earlier this week. They had fallen from their nest and the mother hawk couldn't find them.
One of the baby hawks was ready to be returned to the nest today. Fitness Tree Service volunteered to take on the risky job. A few hawks circled the area, but none of them came back to the nest.
"You only have a small window of time to reunite baby and mother, so it's disappointing but the story's not all bad," wildlife rehabilitator Amelia Mason. "The babies are together, and they're going to be fine. At least they have a safe haven."
The second baby hawk is too weak and injured to be put back. The two birds were reunited today at the sanctuary where they will be raised until they are old enough to be released into the wild.