05302018 Great Horned Owl - 2

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Young, wing droop
UPDATE: 11/15/2018 - This beautiful baby great horned owl, who isn’t a baby anymore, has met all of its milestones and was released today in Metea County Park.
Via volunteer Pam:
On May 30th, 2018, Soarin' Hawk got a call about a great horned owl from a man who saw it on the ground outside of his office window on State Street in Ft. Wayne.  When we got there, the owl was laying in some leaves, very well camouflaged!  I picked him up, and could not see anything wrong with him, and thought he was a young owl that just fledged from the nest.  I put him in a clearing away from the trees to see if he would fly.  He hopped a few feet and flew about three feet off the ground and landed.  I noticed that his right wing drooped a little when he flew.  I approached him again, and he took off for the trees and landed on a high branch, too high for us to reach him.  
We decided to wait him out to see if he would fly again.  He still had a slight right wing droop when he flew into the tree.  After waiting for about a half hour, he somehow ended upside down, hanging from the branch with one foot.  Again, we waited for him to drop down onto the ground again.  He dropped, but onto another branch of a tree.  We were able to get him into a net and we took him to ICU.
After an examination and radiograph, Dr. Funnell did not find any fractures in the wing.  We will let him rest at the pens and fatten him up a little because he was slightly thin.  Hopefully he will be released.
This little owl is being kept in a pen with other great horned owls and appears to be doing quite well.  Because great horned owl babies stay with their parents longer than other raptors, it will probably be late fall until it is released; so far, he is on track for that to happen!

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