Mr. Peabody has very dark, soulful eyes, as do all Barred Owls. Sometimes it seems he can read your thoughts as he looks at you!
Peabody was picked up by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in 2010 and brought to Soarin’Hawk. We could not begin to rescue so many injured birds without the help of a vast number of people and agencies, including Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. Most likely Peabody was hit by a car since he came in with a head tilt and blood inside his eye. He eventually recovered completely except for his eyesight. He is not blind, but his vision is poor; he would not survive in the wild since he needs keen eyesight (and good hearing) to hunt his prey.
Peabody is a great education bird and is typically relaxed during the presentations. He is the only Barred Owl on our permit, but shares his mew (small flight pen) with Sherman and Amelia, our two Short-eared Owls. Peabody rarely interacts with the Short-eared Owls since Peabody likes to take the high perches and the Short-ears like the low ones. Wild Barred Owls live in the trees close to Peabody’s pen. During the spring mating season there is often a wild Barred Owl that talks back and forth with Mr. Peabody. It is fun to listen to them, but they are very loud!