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Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne,IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Caught in a soccer net
UPDATE: 06/06/2020 Successfully released back where it was found

We received a call about a large owl entangled in a soccer net in southwest Fort Wayne. Thinking this was probably a Great Horned owl, Ross offered to assist me with the rescue and it’s a good thing he did as this juvenile Great Horn was really wrapped up in the net. One of the children of the homeowners found the owl stuck in the net and alerted their parents. They cut the owl out of the net as best they could and laid it on the ground with towels over it to shield it from the sun. Upon our arrival, we walked to the area and there was no owl to be found under the towels! Apparently it didn’t care to be covered up and was found hiding nearby in some tall grass. I held the owl as Ross proceeded to cut the remaining net off of it. We boxed it up and took it to our ICU where Kim and Nicole did the triage. It was found to be of good weight and keel score and the wings were found to be fine…no damage. Since it was very hot out, we gave the owl some fluids, medication for flat flies and a pain reliever as the wings were probably a little sore. We then took the bird outside and attached it to a creance line and it flew ok. At this point, we felt that the best place for this little guy was back home with its parents. So I drove it back to the property and with the children and a few neighbors nearby, this little owl flew back into the woods!

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