Rehab Animal Spotlight

29 Mar

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 sam@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

 

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4 Responses to “Rehab Animal Spotlight”

  1. Finn Holding April 2, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Magnificent piece of work guys, I take my hat off to Lori for effecting the rescue. Great news that the damage is only superficial, will you be posting a video of him flying back to the wild?

    BW

    Finn

  2. narhvalur May 24, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

  3. corinthcorners May 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Such a sad photo of that barbed owl. Thanks so much for taking care of these guys!

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