01292018 Eastern Screech Owl
Via volunteer Louie:
On January 29th, 2018, volunteer Gary contacted me telling me a friend of his had an injured screech owl. Upon my arrival at a home residence in Fremont, IN, I was met by Greg H. Greg had an adult gray phase eastern screech owl contained in a plastic cat carrier. He had found the bird on the ground, near his mailbox. I examined the bird and found blood on the beak, and its right eye was closed. The keel was in the three range*. The owl was transported to the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic and transferred to Dr. Funnel. An intake card was completed and photos are attached.
*A bird’s keel is measured on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 representing extreme thinness and 5 representing plumpness.
After close examination, this bird has a dislocated right shoulder, right eye injury, and a dislocated 4th digit on the right foot. He was started on Meloxicam for pain and inflammation and Flurbiprofen drops in the right eye for pain and swelling. His wing has a bandage on it to keep his right wing close to his body to prevent it from moving too much. This bird had an eye exam and it revealed a corneal ulcer in the middle of his right eye. This is a condition where the outer layer of the eye is inflamed causing pain.
This bird is non-releasable due to vision problems. But the good news is that he has a home! He will be going to the St. Louis Zoo.