By Carlos Alcala
The owner of a stolen peregrine falcon is appealing to the public to be on the lookout for the banded bird, taken from a truck in Rancho Cordova overnight.
"Someone stole it from the car in the pet carrier, almost for sure without knowing what they had," said Martin Stiasny of Reno.
Stiasny had brought the bird to Roseville for surgery on its feet and was unable to return last night because of snow on Interstate 80.
The bird, about a year old, was hooded and its feet are wrapped, but it may not survive without its antibiotics, according to staff at the Bird and Pet Clinic of Roseville, where veterinarian Victoria Joseph operated on the bird.
"It just had pretty big surgery," Stiasny said. "It cannot take care of itself."
Stiasny breeds birds for falconry and abatement of pest birds near airports.
He is hoping whoever took the bird will leave it where it can be found and reported to animal services authorities.
Anyone with information can also call the Roseville animal hospital at (916) 773-6049.