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Edmond veterinarian helps rehabilitate injured birds

Jason Smart helped rehabilitate a hawk that was hit by a car on Waterloo Road earlier this summer.
by Matt Patterson Modified: September 8, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: September 9, 2012
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And when birds, or other animals, are ready for release, they usually make the decision easy on staffers.

“When you walk by the enclosure and you hear them jumping or leaping, you know the wildness is back and they're ready,” she said. “They tell us when it's time.”

For Smart, rehabilitating birds is becoming more common. Since he joined White Oaks in June, he's treated several other wild birds, including a falcon and a sparrow. He also has treated at least one wild rabbit.

“I guess the word has gotten out a little bit,” he said.

Smart has some experience in wild and exotic animals. He spent some time in college working in Africa with exotic animals.

“I've always had an interest in them, it's probably one of the biggest reasons I became a vet,” he said.

by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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