Christmas Screech Owl

Soarin Hawk received a call to rescue a small owl that was down on the ground and could not fly and had a drooping wing.

I arrived at the home in Northwest Allen County and was advised the homeowner had gone out to clear the snow and saw the Owl alongside the driveway. He picked the Owl up and placed it near a fir tree by the house. By the time I had arrived the Eastern Screech Owl had climbed the fir tree and was very well hidden. I gently removed the owl from the tree and did a brief exam. The left wing was drooping and could not be spread as the right one could. The owls talons were active on my gloves when it was placed into a transport case for transportation to Soarin Hawk’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Further exam at the ICU indicated an open fracture of the Left Humerous (upper arm bone). Other than being quite quiet no other injuries were noted. Antibiotics, pain/anti-inflammation medications and fluids were administered after tape splinting the left wing to the body. Radiographs will be obtained Tuesday and Dr. Pat Funnell, DVM will then determine the best treatment options.