03172017 Eastern Screech Owl
I received a call at 1140 today from the Portland Veterinary Clinic in Portland, IN.
They received a Screech-owl that had been extracted from the grill of a county work truck!
The bird had been riding around embedded in the grill for hours until the work crew stopped and noticed the owl.
Dr. Bader, the veterinarian, examined the “piece of fluff” and could not find any substantial injuries other than the bird was very docile and cute.
Dr Bader’s assistant called Limberlost State Museum for help. They in turned advised her to call us.
I spoke with Dr Bader about treatment for the hoot, mainly, no food, offer fluids (Gatorade, Pedilyte, Water) but don’t force and place in a quiet dark place.
Jasmine, one of the Vet Techs at Portland Veterinary Clinic lives in south Ft Wayne and volunteered to bring the bird north after work.
Ruth Guerin met Jasmine at Menards and transported the owl to Doctor Pat
Initial exam by our Avian Veterinarian: This little guy was lethargic but no fractures were found with radiographs. He had a small amount of blood in his right eye. It is hopeful that his eye will heal and he will keep his sight.