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Amelia and Christo's 2nd 2019 chick dies


[Photo from May 31 by @couplewithoutborders]

Amelia and Christo’s second chick, who had fallen ill in recent days, died on Sunday.

Early Saturday morning, the chick fell from the nest, landing in the under-renovation playground in the southeast portion of Tompkins Square Park.

A reader shared this photo as help was on its way.

As Goggla reported, Ranger Rob (aka Rob Mastrianni, a Manhattan Ranger supervisor who lives in the East Village), retrieved the stricken nestling and transported it to the Animal Medical Center.

On Saturday night, the chick was transferred to Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR) on Long Island. Unfortunately, “its illness/injuries were just too advanced,” Goggla reported.

In late May, this chick’s sibling also died. In the past two years, Amelia and Christo have lost three of their four offspring.

It’s not known at this time what killed the chicks this year. Per Goggla: “The remains will be sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for testing to determine the cause of illness and death.”

Last year, the chick died from a combination of rodenticide and West Nile virus.

In more positive hawklet news, the three chicks in Washington Square Park have fledged. Roger Paw has you covered with their activities at this link.

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