Great Horned Owl Rescue

Owl Moon Raptor Center

Owl Moon is in the news again!

On Monday, we rescued this gorgeous, massive female Great Horned Owl from entanglement in poultry netting at a small farm in Potomac. She was exhausted and dehydrated, but fortunately, her injuries: abrasions on her left foot and muscle strain from struggling to free herself, were relatively minor, and she only required 5 days to recover. She was released back in the neighborhood last night (after the farm owners modified the netting to make it taut and secure, safe for tempted raptors).

Netting of all kinds (poultry, deer, landscape, soccer, etc.) are a hazard to birds. Raptors, who cannot see it, will fly into it chasing prey, which may be songbirds trapped under it!

Here is a link to the rescue story, recently published in the Potomac Almanac. There will be a follow-up story of the release coming out soon!

http://connection.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2014/01/14/Potomac.pdf

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About narhvalur

Environmentalist, Animal Lover, Birder,Equastrian
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6 Responses to Great Horned Owl Rescue

  1. They have been caring for a lot of pelicans here in Miami as someone is slashing and cutting their throat pouch so cannot hold fish to swallow.

  2. narhvalur says:

    Oh, that’s just terrible:((( Good to have the centers that care for injured animals in cases like that.
    Thanks for the info!

  3. Lindy Lee says:

    A tough female, what else…

  4. narhvalur says:

    LOL!
    In the bird world females usually are much bigger among raptors!

  5. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. narhvalur says:

    🙂

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