With one Great Horned Owl healed up and ready to be released, we unfortunately had another Great Horned injured come into Blandford on Monday the 26th. The owl was found caught in a barbed wire fence near Westside Christian School in Grand Rapids. Lori, part of our Wildlife Staff, went to rescue the poor guy. Unable to remove the wire, it had to be cut away from the rest of the fence.
Male Great Horned Owl caught in barbed wire fence.
Wildlife Staff, Lori Lomoro, rescues the injured and shocked male Great Horned Owl after spending a night or two caught in a barbed wire fence.
He was in shock and had to be given fluids right away. We then contacted the vet so she could take x-rays to see how badly damaged the wing was and remove the piece of barbed wire fence in his wing. With amazing luck, the wire had only gotten lodged into the skin of the wing and did not damage any of the underlying muscle nor did it break any bones. He will be spending another week or so indoors healing and then will be placed in an outdoor rehab cage where he will work on regaining wing strength. As far as we know he should be able to fly just fine!
He is perching and eating on his own, but is still a little out of it. He'll be back to his normal puffed up, beak clacking-self in no time!
A huge thank you goes out to the students and parents at Westside Christian School and Janet, Lauren, and Anna Staal who have already raised money to sponsor this Great Horned Owl. If you would like to also help him on his long and difficult journey back into the wild please call Sam at 616-735-6240 ext 15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 3/7 a Cooper’s hawk came into us after it was found not flying in Grand Rapids. The poor critter has a open wound in its left wing, but luckily the bone doesn’t seem to be broken. We have put some ointment on it and wrapped its wing to his body. It hasn’t ate on its own yet, so wildlife staff will have to force feed it until it does.
Cooper’s Hawks are very high strung birds and will often die in the hands of rehabbers due to heart attacks. They have some of the worst injuries because they fly so fast and can turn so quickly that when they collide with things like cars or windows a lot of damage is done. These guys will often get out of their dressings by clawing at the vet wrap. This causes more damage because most of time they are also scratching up their skin as well. This was the case with our new guy who along with its original injury has another wound due to scratching. Wildlife Staff will be doing what they can to make sure it survives.
All dressed up and no where to go
It has been a crazy couple of weeks here at Blandford. Our two creek chubs that lived in the nature center passed away. We aren’t sure just yet what we will be doing with that empty tank, but if you have any ideas of what you would like to see leave a comment. In other news, another milk snake was found in someone’s basement.. He will overwinter here until spring finally arrives!
The Wildlife Center is proud to announce its first ever Blandford Nature Center’s Benefit for the Animals. It will be held at The Intersection in Grand Rapids on April 12th, from 5-11 pm. Tickets will be available for purchase ahead of time for $25 and $30 at the door. There will be live music as well as a silent auction with items donated by local businesses. Come out and support our animals! For more information call Lori at 616-735-6240 ext 15 or email Lori@blandfordnaturecenter.org.
Bob enjoyed his 10th birthday on 2/28. His present was a cardboard tube filled with rats, hay, and sprayed with catnip. You can watch him dig in here. Enrichment activities provide physical and psychological stimuli that help captive animals to alleviate boredom and provide opportunities for species specific behavior. Simple things like adding a watermelon or an old tire all encourage activity. In the summer we place frozen fish into his pool and watch his instincts take over while he “fishes”. It’s a hoot!
Bob wishes we had snow again!
UPDATE: The rehab screech owl is out in our outdoor rehab cage working on his wing strength. He spends the day curled up in a wood duck box keeping warm.
"Hey! Close that door. I'm cold!"
UPDATE: The rehab Red-Tail hawk that was found not flying back September took a trip to the vet this week. His wing fracture did not heal right and unfortunately he will never be able to fly well enough to be released. Wildlife Staff are working on ideas on what to do with him. Do we make him a permanent resident and have him share a cage with our resident Ruby or do we try and find him another permanent home? We will keep you updated!
UPDATE: Our rehab female Snapping Turtle also went to the vet on Monday to possibly get her pins removed from her jaw. The vet took xrays and found that while most of the bone had healed there was still some healing left to do. The xray also showed that the Snapper had a fishing hook lodged inside her body. I’ll try and get a copy of that xray and post on here. This could possibly be how she broke her jaw in the first place.
UPDATE: The rehab spotlight Great Horned is feeling much better! He is in our outdoor cages getting some flying in. He isn’t flying well, but it’s nothing that some practice can’t fix!
"You looking at me?"