As a very young bird, Pepito was transferred to ARC in 2014 from another rehabilitation facility where she lived for 4 weeks. During that time, Pepito suffered damage to the feathers from improper housing and became imprinted on humans.
KeeLee was found on the road with an old poorly-healed fracture of her right wing and her plumage was infested with feather mites. Her injury was severe and she is not able to be released to the wild. Like most birds of prey, there is a dramatic difference between their juvenile plumage and adult plumage. KeeLee will eventually look like Pepito. The picture of KeeLee on the left shows her juvenile plumage and the picture on the right shows her molting into her adult plumage.
Separated from her parents at an early age, Scooter became imprinted on the humans who were caring for her at another facility. Scooter loves to perch in the sun and will also spread her wings wide to ride the wind. Kites are sun lovers, and migrate thousands of miles each year to Brazil to escape the harsh Florida winters.