During the past month, Eastern Screech-Owl #21-1102 has been receiving regular exercising sessions with the rehabilitation staff in an outdoor flight pen. Initial exercise routines showed promising signs of the owl regaining physical stamina and proper form during flight, but during the past few weeks wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey reports that the bird may have reached a plateau. The owl resists flying during daily checks, and is unable to complete the prescribed number of passes within the enclosure. Veterinary staff suspect the rodenticide poisoning the owl was suffering from upon admission may have had a permanent effect on the bird’s physical capabilities. For now, the owl will remain under close observation during the coming weeks to assess the possibility of a full recovery and release.
Eastern Screech-Owl #21-1102 update
September 24, 2021