08072019 Great Horned Owl - 1

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Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne Airport
Admission Date: 
08/07/2019
Cause of Admission: 
Stuck in storage building
UPDATE: 08/11/2019 - We released this baby GHOW today. The video we sent doesn’t finish the story. After a successful release the video shows the baby flying off into the distance. What happened next wasn’t captured on video, darn! The baby made a graceful landing on a building near by. We got in the car, deciding to follow as far as we could. He took off again headed for a stand of trees. As he approached the trees another bird of similar markings came out and flew by his side. It showed no aggression, I think we reunited parent & child! AWESOME!

Via volunteers Bill and Sue:

Got a call from Lynne around 9:15 am. There was an owl down near the airport.  When we arrived we found a baby great horned owl confined in a cardboard box.  There was some blood on its bill and a bit on one talon.  The caller Don explained that they had been working on this large metal storage building for over a year and frequently found birds that had gotten in during the night.  This morning though they found 2 owls, one twice the size of the other.  The larger one escaped thru an open window.  The smaller one tried to follow several times but only managed to hit the wall.  When it finally went down they got it outside and into a box.

When we arrived at ICU, it was confirmed to be a baby.  It’s a very feisty bird and well fed, and appears to be in good shape.

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