Thursday, July 11—Minus some feathers, Archer, the wild turkey shot through the chest with a target arrow by an unknown assailant in April, is back home in San Diego Country Estates in Ramona.
Archer, captured by two California Fish and Wildlife biologists in late June, was cared for at Acacia Animal Health Center in Escondido, where Dr. Carrie Bone, D.M.V., removed the arrow. After recuperating in a foster home in Ramona for a week and a half, Archer was strong enough to go home, said his foster parent, Emergency Animal Rescue Executive Director Doug Lake.
Archer lost quite a bit of feathers, Lake said, explaining that is how the bird reacted to the stress of being in a chain-link enclosure measuring 16 feet by 16 feet at Lake’s home.
About a dozen people, including several neighbors, children and Emergency Animal Rescue volunteers, served as a welcoming committee to witness the bird return home off Pappas Road and Davis Cup Lane just after 7 this evening.
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