Lead Wildlife Keeper
Hawks, falcons, eagles, owls. We treat a variety of raptors, each with his or her own unique challenges and needs. These predators of the sky range in size from the 10-pound bald eagle to the 1/4-pound American kestrel. Without exception, we know that regardless of size all raptors have extremely sharp talons and beaks made for tearing flesh. However, some raptors possess tools that are much more dangerous to humans than others. Eagles, for example, are incredibly large and powerful with talons and beaks that can cause great injury to those providing care if not handled with respect, confidence, and composure.
|One day after his admission, the|
little owl is feeling the effects of
his collision with a car.
Nearly one month ago, we were surprised and honored to receive a northern saw-whet owl at our Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. The little owl struck the side of a car while flying across a road - likely in pursuit of a meal. He sustained severe head trauma, damage to his right eye, a fractured furcula (similar to your collar bone), and trauma to his right shoulder. He weighed in at 70 grams (about the same size as an American robin) and is likely a male based on his particularly small stature.
|Now in a larger enclosure, the|
northern saw-whet owl is bright-eyed
and well on his way to a full recovery.
We splinted his fractured wing, gave him special drops for his damaged eye, and gave him medications for pain and swelling. In general, he has handled the stress of captivity quite well. His splint has been removed, and he is now in a large enclosure where he can stretch his wings. Soon, we'll move him to a large outdoor enclosure where we can truly evaluate his flight ability. We're hopeful that he will have the flight skills necessary for survival in the wild - the prognosis is certainly good.
We have felt truly blessed to be a part of this little owl's story and to help him find his way back to nature.