01292018 Eastern Screech Owl

Location of Rescue: 
Fremont, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Eye injury
UPDATE: 04/20/2018 - This beautiful little owl has a new home at the Saint Louis Zoo!

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.

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