03152018 Barred Owl - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Caught in fishing line
UPDATE: 11/29/2018 - After 8 months in our care, this beautiful barred owl was finally released back into his forever home! Kat Ternet, Soarin’ Hawk’s vet tech, released him. It was her first release ever!

On 3/15/2018 Soarin' Hawk received a call about a barred owl that was found hanging in a tree from a fishing line that was wrapped around its wing in Franke Park.  The rescuers waded out into the creek to cut him down from the tree and bring him to us.  Upon further examination, Kat found severe bruising and swelling of the left wing.  There were also three small punctures on the left wing. There was also blood found on the right foot.  This barred received fluids, an antibiotic, and pain medication.

Please be careful when fishing and always recover lost tackle whenever possible.  Lives are at stake!

Dr. Pat took this bird in for radiographs and there were no broken bones, but he does have a significant left wing droop.  Dr. Pat is concerned about the integrity of the skin and muscles affected by the damage done to hanging in the tree.  This bird will continue to receive antibiotics, pain medication, and his condition monitored daily.

We are still waiting for some of his flight feathers to regrow that were lost after the injury.  As soon as they come in completely we will begin creance flying him.  

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