The great-horned owl that came to VINS drenched in whey is still receiving care from the Wildlife Services department. The owl's feathers have been cleaned of whey, but we are still contending with a wound on one of her wing tips.
The wound is regularly cleaned and debrided of dead tissue to encourage new tissue growth, which hopefully will allow the wound to fully heal. This particular owl is a tough customer, and she is adamant about ripping off the bandages we put on her wing tip. This is problematic as we do not want to expose her wound to further infection. After trying all sorts of methods to keep the bandage on her, we finally settled on duct tape -- definitely not a common tool here in the Wildlife Services department, but it works. The duct tape does not come in contact with the owl's wound -- it merely holds the bandage in place (which is no small feat with such a nitpicky bird).
The owl was recently moved to a larger enclosure, is eating well and is maintaining a bright and feisty attitude -- all good things. Check back for more updates on this big girl.