Barred Owl: from head trauma to flight
An adult barred owl was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic on a cold February day. Volunteers quickly appreciated classic signs of head trauma: dazed look, inappropriate reaction times, blood in the mouth and nares, and even a deviated mandible (lower jaw).
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
New cage setup for a Turkey Vulture
Dr. Reich, foreground L, investigates a Turkey Vulture’s external fixator. Kara, background, unpacks and organizes supplies during the move.
If you’ve been keeping up with our social media this summer, you’ve noticed that we’ve relocated to a new (temporary) location! While this new space is much larger, and it’s already feeling like home, it is also further away from our intake area.