03132018 Eastern Screech Owl - 1
Via volunteer Dean:
On the way home from work on March 13, 2018, I received a call from Bob about a downed owl in the Windswept addition in northern Fort Wayne. The family had reported that the small owl had a wing injury and had been on the ground in their back yard the entire day. I arrived to find the owl, which turned out to be an adult red phase screech owl, resting comfortably under a box that some kids had put over him to keep him from getting away or further injured. I noticed that his left wing looked disheveled and his left tuft over his ear was missing. Other than that, he was active and alert, albeit a bit tired. I was able to gently lift him in to a box and get him in the car and take him out to the ICU where he was evaluated. No obvious injuries were present but he did have quarter sized bald spot on the left below the ear. Keel was a 3 or 4 (I believe), and he was slightly dehydrated. He was given fluids and was resting comfortably when I left.
He has had a mildly drooping left wing since being admitted. His radiographs did not reveal any fractures, but the wing droop persists. He is being given a pain reliever/anti-inflammatory and will be given more time to heal.
This beautiful little red screech is slowly improving. His left wing is not drooping as much, but he still is unable/unwilling to fly. He remains in a small cage in ICU so he rests his wing and so we can continue his pain reliever/anti-inflammatory.
This brave little guy has finally recovered from an infection in his foot and graduated from ICU to an outdoor pen. Unfortunately he still has a wing droop and is not flying. We are hoping that he will recover if given the opportunity to exercise the wing. His prognosis for return to the wild is guarded.