On March 29, a private citizen saw two young Great Horned Owl chicks on a street in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The owlets’ nest had fallen from the tree; animal control responded to the scene but could only find one chick, which was sitting near a mailbox. The owlet was taken to a permitted rehabilitator and was examined at a veterinary clinic. The owl had a bruised keel and stomach and suspected internal bleeding.
The owlet was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on March 30 as patient #18-0232 – which is the 75,000th patient admitted in the Center’s 35-year history!
Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the young bird, which was bright and alert. Dr. Monica confirmed significant bruising on the young owl, as well as some laxity [looseness] in the bird's right wing.
The owlet had cast a large pellet – owls (and other raptors) regularly cast fur and bones from their prey – the parts of the animal they can’t digest. It appears as though the owlet was well-fed by its parents!
The owl will receive radiographs, blood work, and a fecal examination. Stay tuned for more updates on this young bird!
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