05072016 Great Horned Owl

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Admission Date: 
05/07/2016
Cause of Admission: 
blown out of nest by high winds
UPDATE: 22 October 2016 After our educational presentation today at Fox Island, we released this juvenile Great Horned Owl to her forever home. Given her size, we are pretty certain that this was a female. After having spent most of the summer with her surrogate parent, Apollo, the baby came back to our facility where she was flown (creance) and she did very well. The next step was to isolate her in a separate pen where she was fed live prey. Once we were certain that she could both catch and eat the live prey, we knew that she was ready to be released back to the wild. Many thanks go out to our partner rehabbers, whose time and talent are so vital to our mission, to return these beautiful creatures back into our environment.

05072016-GHOW

During a windstorm it is not uncommon for immature birds to be blown down from the trees in which they have been living.  Typically we recommend putting the displaced birds back in their nests.  Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, this cannot always be done.  

Thanks to the efforts of a concerned citizen and Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, this guy was picked up and brought to us.  There were no injuries found . As you can see he is quite large for a baby Great Horned Owl!

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This baby Great Horned Owl doesn't look or act much like a baby anymore!  He is extremely aggressive when a human enters his cage to put food in his pen or to clean...he definitely is not imprinted to humans!  Great Horn Owls stay with their parents for an average of 210 days before they are on their own...so he still has awhile before he is released.

 


06June2016
Check out more about this pair on our NEWS page.

04June2016
This large Great Horned Owl baby is enjoying his foster parent, Apollo, our educational Great Horned Owl.  A baby needs to be raised with one of their own species, so Apollo volunteered!  Apollo will be getting a break from going out to education programs for most of the summer while he keeps this baby company.  Great Horned owls spend the most time of any owl with their parents before they leave on their own.  So this "little" guy won't be ready to go back to the wild until fall.

 

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