Great Horned Owl Rescue #08052018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher:

We received a call from a homeowner indicating that a large owl was down on the ground under a shade tree on her property.  The owl had been there since approximately 11:00pm on August 4th.  This was in another county south of Fort Wayne so I gathered the necessary information and headed out for my 40 minute drive.  I arrived to find a very lethargic, with eyes closed, Great Horned Owl who was sitting, but back on its haunches, under a tree which was very close to the road.  I was able to approach it easily which told me something was wrong as Great Horn’s can be very feisty.  As a precaution I placed my net over it so that it wouldn’t try to escape into the road.  I was able to get a hold of its legs and get it in a position so that I could do a quick assessment.  He opened his eyes at this point and they appeared to both be reactive.  I checked both wings and they seemed to be ok as were the legs.  The talons were not very responsive though.  I checked the keel and it was between a 1 ½ to 2 so he hadn’t eaten for awhile.  I offered water which he took a couple of sips and with the very hot weather; I also applied water to the feet to help cool him down.   I gathered some additional information from the homeowner and then headed back to Fort Wayne where I met up with Bob in the downtown area.  I gave him the owl and he transported it to our ICU where it will be given a complete examination.

Intake Number : #08052018GHOW