(KCEN) -- From nearly dying, to alive and thriving.
A falcon was freed today at the Waco Wetlands after it was found helpless by Waco firefighters six weeks ago.
The bird is an American Kestrel, also known as a sparrow hawk.
Firefighters found it by a fire hose and it was too small to fly.
So they named it Fire Falcon.
When it didn't move for an entire day, Waco Fire Department called the zoo for help.
And after six weeks of rehab, Fire Falcon finally got to spread his wings and fly into his new home.
Bobby Batson, who found the falcon, said, "I was scared if we didn't do something with him that wasn't going to eat and probably would have died."
Animal Care Manager for Birds at the Cameron Park Zoo Carolyn Atherton said, "It's always a nice happy ending when we rescue something and we're able to turn in back out in the wild. We enjoy a nice, happy ending like that."
American Kestrels are the most common falcons in North America.