09072020-Great Horned Owl-1

Location of Rescue: 
South Whitley, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Hit by car
UPDATE: 10/24/2020 This young owl was released today very close to where it was picked up. The caller was present and as you can see by the video it was more than ready to be released

Called to go to South Whitley and rescue a GHOW, stuck in the grill of a ladies car. He’d been hit by her late in the evening and had been there all night. When I arrived all I saw was a tail and wings. He was embedded in the plastic grill up to the beginning of his wings. Initially I could not find a gap in the grill to be able to maneuver him out. After pressing the entire grill, I found a crack in the plastic just to the left of the birds head. I was able to pry the grill back towards me, busted it up pretty good and slid his head out to the side.


This is one tuff little juvenile  i took him to triage where Kim N. did a wonderful job of triaging him. Nothing apparent; some brusing on the talons and wings where you’d expect it because of how he was caught and how he was flapping his wings to get out. He took all the meds and proceeded to be able to stand up in the cage when we left. He was full of flat flies….lost track after Kim and I killed 20 or so.


Brochures on our organization were handed out to the lady that called for future reference. As always we want these guys to heal and get back to nature. Best to you little guy and speedy recovery.


Bill Oberg

09/08/2020 A puncture wound in this young owls leg has possibly punctured an air sac. It is being taken to the veterinarian in the morning for xrays and to stich the puncture wound

09/14/2020 We are continuing treatment with an antibiotic and medication for pain. This young owl is improving

10/04/2020 This owl is getting stronger and feistier . He is just about ready to be moved to our rehabilitation facility

10/10/2020 This owl has been moved back to our rehabilitation facility

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