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Location of Rescue: 
Wolcottville, IN
Admission Date: 
07/21/2020
Cause of Admission: 
Caught in barbed wire fence
UPDATE: 12/20/2020 This great Horned Owl was released near where he was found. The original finders were concerned about the owl eating their chickens and did not want to be present at the release nor did they want him released on their property. The owl was hesitant to leave the box but eventually flew off, crossed a field, and settled into a wooded area on the other side of a creek.

The Soarin' Hawk rescue phone received a call telling her a Great Horned Owl was stuck, on a barbed wire fence. After obtaining the details she relayed the information to me and I made contact with the wife of the caller. Upon speaking with Mrs. Miller told me the owl had been on the fence for about twenty four hours. Wing feathers were between the wrapped wires and I could not remove the bird without cutting some feather shafts. The owl appeared to be healthy and drove a talon through my eagle glove and into my finger. Once the bird was released I made an initial exam, I could not find broken bones and the keel was a 3. Photos were taken and the bird transported to our I.C.U..

07/22/2020 Surprisingly this very feisty owl had a normal xray. The tissue on its wing was very red and swollen. It is being treated with medication for pain and any possible infection. its wing injury  is covered with a honey covered gauze . Honey has natural antibiotic properties

08/03/2020 This owl's condition  is improving

08/16/2020 This feisty bird has been moved to our treatment facility. Hopefully preparing for its eventual release

09/06/2020 This owl is continuing to improve

09/11/2020 This owl had to be moved back to our treatment facility. It banged up its cere area enough that we wanted to cover it and start pain medication and an antibiotic.

10/25/2020 Treatment is continuing for this feisty owl.

11/1/2020 After successful treatment of its nares, this owl has been moved back to our rehabilitation facility

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