05072018 Barred Owl - 1
We received a call to our rescue line from Animal Care and Control. They picked up an owl at the side of the road in northern Allen County. I arrived at their facility to find a barred owl resting quietly in a cage. I placed him in a rescue box, gathered some additional information from them and headed off to deliver the owl to Dr. Funnell at the Pine Valley Veterinarian Clinic. When I got there she was in surgery with another owl so I did a quick examination that showed some blood on the cere and both feet had abrasions. The keel score was 2.5 to 3 and the wings appeared to be ok. The owl was alert but quiet. Since it was found on the side of the road, we are assuming a possible car strike.
Dr. Funnell will do a full assessment once she is out of surgery.
Dr. Funnell did radiographs which revealed no broken bones but it did show that it had suffered some major trauma to the abdominal area as the organs were a bit out of place. His course of treatment consisted of rest and recuperation in a quiet environment at our ICU along with medicine for pain.
The owl continues to improve and was moved from our ICU unit to our main facility on May 22, 2018 to continue his rehabilitation.
We began creance flying this owl on May 29, 2018 to condition it for its eventual release back to the wild.