Draper Museum Raptor Experience
Hatch year: approximately 2008
Came to us from: Tucson, Arizona
Hayabusa came to us from Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tucson, Arizona. She suffered an impact injury near the “wrist” joint on her right wing. Unfortunately, the damage was so severe that she never regained full extension of that wing and, to this day, has very poor flight. Because peregrine falcons are extremely acrobatic and rely on their speed and aerial maneuvering to catch prey, she can never return to the wild.
She is named for the Japanese word for peregrine falcon, “hayabusa.” That also just happens to be the name of the fastest street-legal, production motorcycle in the world—quite appropriate considering the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on the planet, capable of speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour while in a dive, or “stoop.”
Haya LOVES to eat. She will eat anything, anytime, and in front of anyone! This makes her a huge crowd pleaser as we like to feed her in public most days. If you see her in person and she isn’t eating, check the ground below her—you’ll probably see her left-overs.