Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bad day for babies

Yesterday and today I drove many miles to retrieve two baby GHOs and one baby Cooper's Hawk. The first owl has a broken wing and will undergo surgery on Wednesday to see if we can fix it well enough for him to fly. His name is REDDI.

The second baby owl came from up the Southfork and unfortunately this looks as if it may be an electrocution. He's just about four months old and was found under a transformer. The wounds to his right wing and left foot are typical of this type of damage, I'll give him a week to see what developes.

The Cooper's Hawk baby was found under the nest tree alongside his dead sibling. The mom was very attentive and even tried to feed him while he waited in a bunny cage for me to arrive. I don't know if there are any other babies in the nest, hopefully there are. Unfortunately this baby suffered a very severely fractured left wing at his elbow joint and it was non-repairable. He was euthanized at about 3 1/2-4 months old. So sad.

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