Great Horned Owlet #18-0553 Release

Great Horned Owlet #18-0553 passed live-prey testing this past weekend. The young bird is flying well and silently, and the rehab staff declared the bird ready for release. Pre-release blood work was drawn on October 7; results were within normal limits.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the owl on Monday, October 8. 


GHOW #18-0553 was picked up later that same afternoon by a volunteer transporter and was returned to its natal area in Isle of Wight County, where it was rescued in April.  The owl flew out of the crate quickly and flew silently, gaining height, then curved to the right and disappeared through the trees. Click here to see a video of the release.