Saturday, August 6, 2016

Major cuteness

For only the second time in almost 30 years I got in a burrowing owl. This is ELF who was found alongside the road in Casper. She has a bad shoulder that is non-repairable but she will do well altho won't fly but a few feet when she's all finished healing. She weighs a whopping 3.75 ounces and stands about nine inches tall. As you can see, a lot of that tallness is from very long legs.

Burrowing owls have a diet of insects, they love grasshoppers, mice and voles. She's already eaten two cut up mice, readily taking them from the end of my forceps. She's a bit thin but if she keeps eating the way she did she'll gain much needed weight.

1 comment:

  1. These are such interesting owls, I would love to have one of these in our program!