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Sad update: Peregrine falcon chick dies

Posted at 10:06 PM, Jun 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-05 17:53:16-04

A baby peregrine falcon hatched in a nest in a Phoenix high-rise has died, state wildlife officials said Saturday.

A post on the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Facebook page announced the death of the chick, which had been fitted with leg braces and was injured in a fall.

"Unfortunately, it appears the trauma of the fall, combined with the unseasonably high temperatures, proved too much for the chick," game and fish officials wrote in the post.

In the aftermath of the fall, the chick was taken for treatment and x-rays showed no broken bones. Officials said it was likely the chick suffered an internal injury that escaped a further physical examination conducted Saturday.

Wildlife officials thanked those who had tuned into a webcam of the nest, mentioning that 40 percent of peregrine falcons don't survive their first year. 

The chick died a little less than a month after hatching, which it did to much fanfare in early May.