Great Horned Owl: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week

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Great Horned Owl: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week
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Source: SBWCN

Patient #52 of 2021: Great Horned Owl

Status: Released

Wildlife rehabilitation is demanding work that requires time, energy, and a strong team. From citizen rescuers and volunteer transporters to animal care staff and partner organizations, it truly takes a village to do this work. 

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network's 52nd patient was a great horned owl who came from a ranch in Santa Ynez. An employee of the property found this bird to be injured after it seemingly collided with the side of a barn. After the employee called the SBWCN Helpline, the bird was safely transported down to the Center. Upon examination, the owl was determined to have a broken right humerus, along with some minor abrasions and small areas of retinal detachment. 

SBWCN's veterinarian, Dr. Avery Berkowitz, performed surgery and was able to successfully pin the fracture. Over the next month, the team continued to monitor the owl's recovery and provide supportive care for both the surgery site and eye injuries. Once the pins were removed and the fracture had healed, patient #52 was ready for the next step of its recovery.

Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) is a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in birds of prey and is a partner to SBWCN. Luckily for this bird, they stepped in to handle the last portion of its recovery! The ORC team took over caring for the owl and provided it with pre-release flight conditioning in their larger aviaries. The owl stayed another month with ORC until it was ready to be out on its own.

When the patient was ready to be released, it was transported 60 miles from Ojai back to the Santa Ynez Valley by one of SBWCN's volunteer transporters. Thanks to the citizen rescuer, the owl was released at the same ranch where it was found and flew into a nearby tree with ease. It took two months, dozens of people, and hundreds of hours, but this great horned owl was able to have a second chance at life!

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Bloomin' Handle Mar 30, 2021 11:53 AM
Great Horned Owl: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week

Great point and well said GNUSMAN. Also they can always do with additional donations. Just mentioning for anyone who would like to support the excellent work they do. I have no affiliation with either group. But I do try to donate on a regular basis and am very happy about the work they have done and how they continue to grow as well. Also appreciate their updates and education to the communities they serve.

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