UPDATE: We are always happy to return a raptor back to where it was found. But for this barred owl, returning it where it came from most certainly made a difference in the life of not only this barred but for its mate and their future offspring! Found in the middle of the road in the middle of the night, this barred owl hopped but would not fly away. Upon presentation to Soarin' Hawk, the owl was lethargic. She was standing but not even holding her head up. Fast forward two days and she was more than ready to leave! Blood work was normal and radiographs did not reveal any injuries - only an egg that was ready to be laid! After being creance flown to make sure she could fly well, she was returned to the area where she was found. We wish her and her future family well!
Soarin' Hawk got a call from a man who saw a barred owl sitting in the middle of the road at 600 W. and 900 N. in Wawaka, IN. He approached it and the bird hopped a few feet and did not fly away. He picked it up and took it to his house and put it in a cardboard box and called us around 6:00 a.m. Upon retrieval by two of our volunteers, they could not find anything obviously wrong with it, besides it being a little lethargic. The bird was brought to Dr. Funnell for further assessment.