VIDEO: BBB releases ‘Torch’ the rescued falcon back into Dayton sky

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WATCH: BBB releases rescued falcon in Dayton

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A young American Kestrel falcon that was disoriented from rain storms earlier this month is flying high again in downtown Dayton after it was rescued by members of the Better Business Bureau serving Dayton and the Miami Valley.

The BBB staff was having lunch at a downtown restaurant on July 6 and the falcon, which they nicknamed Torch based on their logo, was perched on a window ledge and trying to get in.

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After getting advice from the Raptor Center at Glen Helen, BBB President John North and others delivered the distressed bird to the raptor center, where it was cared for over a period of two weeks. The staff at the Raptor Center told the BBB staff the bird was hungry, waterlogged and disoriented after rain storms.

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The BBB staff on July 20 posted video on Facebook of the falcon being released near Fifth Third Field, where it is familiar with the surroundings and where its parents likely live.

The video shows the bird fly out of a small cardboard box after a little prodding from North and others.

North said in a prepared statement that the BBB always tries to go "above and beyond the call of duty in our community."

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"This event was an unexpected surprise," North statement reads. "We're excited to be a part of lending aid to Torch and look forward to watching the falcon soar high over Dayton just as our BBB Accredited Businesses hold their own torches high for ethics in our community."

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