Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Some days it just doesn't pay to get up. This little Great Horned Owl, JACK, was hit by a vehicle while out looking for something to eat. Thanks to WGF Wildlife Biologist, Leslie Schreiber, he's now trying to recover. The problems are a lot including what I thought was complete blindness. And he can't stand up.

He got a cortisone shot yesterday and this morning he can see movement. Still can't stand so he's now resting in a hammock inside of a plastic container. That way he'll be upright in a normal position which will give his legs a chance to recover. There's nothing wrong with his ability to move his legs and open and close his feet, he just can't stand.

As you can see in the photo, his left eye is totally damaged, his lens is ruptured. He will never see out of that eye again. The good thing is that owls do a majority of their hunting with their ears, not their eyes. They can pinpoint the location of a small mouse even if they can't see it. Pretty amazing birds.

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