By Jesse Granger (contact)
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Las Vegas elementary school teacher Claude Cain was visiting his father’s farm in New Mexico when he found a sickly baby bird baking on the hot concrete in the blistering sun.
Cain began nursing it back to health by feeding it a mixture of chick-starter feed and water.
“I had no idea what type of bird it was because there are chickens and peacocks and all kinds of birds on my father’s farm,” he said. “When I came back to Las Vegas, I put it in a box and brought it with me because my dad isn’t in any condition to be nursing the bird back to health.”
Little did he know he was committing a misdemeanor.
Cain discovered the bird was an American kestrel, which is considered the most common falcon in North America, according to the University of Michigan. With a 20-24-inch wingspan, …