Species Name (EN): 
Eastern Screech-Owl
Species Name (LA): 
Otis asio
Patient Status: 
Educational Animal

In April 2021, a fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl was found on the ground at a park in Charlottesville. The owl was in very poor condition, and the veterinary team at the Wildlife Center found that the young bird had lead poisoning. The owl went through extensive treatment; while he survived, the veterinary team ultimately decided the bird was non-releasable due to permanent neurologic deficits. Ozzy began his training to become an education ambassador in late 2021 and received his name after the 2021 Gala. Read Ozzy's complete patient profile here

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