This beautiful barred owl has recently been accepted as a new member of the resident raptor team!
She initially presented this past spring because she was unable to fly. Radiography, palpation, and range of motion exams determined she had a very old upper humeral fracture. The proximity to the shoulder joint and chronicity of damage made veterinarians determine she would not be a candidate for surgery. Volunteers asked a local raptor facility to flight test her, as she was remarkably non-painful and otherwise very healthy, but she was returned having been deemed non-flighted and non-releasable. Due to the owl’s unusually calm and docile personality, our PR team assessed her for life as a resident. She not only passed with flying colors, she has been progressing well through her basic training and is increasingly comfortable with her care team. In fact, they hope to choose and announce her name in the near future.
We welcome support for our resident raptors like this owl, Odin, Derby, and others! Participating in our limited-edition campaign with Animalia Collective is a fun way to show off and support our mission. A single shirt purchase will cover our new owl’s meals and training for a day! Check out the unique designs here: http://bit.ly/2k83Paa
If you haven’t already heard, it’s Odin’s twentieth “clinic birthday”! Help him help our patients by donating for his 20th Birthday Bash at our online fundraising site.
On August 15, 1997, an emaciated juvenile red-tailed hawk made its way to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Emergency fluid administration via an intraosseous catheter saved his life, and he came to be called “Odin”. With careful attention and diligent husbandry, Odin spent the following months healing and gaining weight and muscle.
However, as with any procedure, the catheterization that saved his life had its risks. An intra-osseous catheter is placed at the joint and goes into the bone marrow – in our most critical patients, this method is the fastest and most efficient method for pumping life-saving fluids into the body. However, if infected, joint problems are permanent and potentially fatal. In Odin’s case, his joint infection was caught early and was treated promptly, but resulted in lasting arthritis in the wing joint that permanently inhibited natural mobility. As hawks, like most bird species, require full range-of-motion in their wings for proper flight and, especially, swift hunting, Odin would never survive in the wild.
This account is by Katelyn Bagg, a rising third year veterinary student and one of the clinic’s full-time summer interns.
Working in a wildlife clinic on a daily basis is an adventure, as you never know what you will be presented with. We take everything from a litter of baby bunnies to an emergency hit-by-car raccoon, so we always have to be prepared. The summer is a busy season. It is always bustling in the clinic and there are constant opportunities to try new things and to learn.
Katelyn ensuring a new patient with neurologic and motor symptoms is able to chew and swallow its food normally.
Interns are in the clinic almost every day, giving us the opportunity to follow cases from intake to the resolution of symptoms. It is one of the most rewarding feelings to get to release a patient you have worked with, which is exactly what I got to do for a juvenile red tailed hawk that came in this June.