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Falcon Hospital

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Jan 2010

Getting a behind the scenes look at the world's largest falcon hospital, including a trip into the operating room.

  • The sport of falconry is still popular among Arabs and where there are falcons, there are falcon veterinarians. I got the personal tour of the largest falcon hospital in the world where I was even allowed into the operating room during an endoscopic surgical procedure.
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    The entrance to the falcon hospital.

    Here I am with one of the patients who was in for a checkup.

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    Some of the falcons are kept as pets, others are still used for traditional hunting.

    Numerous falcons relaxing. The hoods keep them calm and reduce the chances of them attacking each other.

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    In the falcon operating room. I never expected to find myself here.

    This falcon is getting its internal organs examined with an endoscopic camera. Two tiny incisions are made in the chest and the camera is inserted.

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    Feeding time! A tasty quail makes for a good lunch.