The two Great Horned Owlets in A2 are growing up – at a quick glance, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two owlets and their surrogate dad, Papa G’Ho! Last week, the rehabilitation staff started the young owls on daily exercise; at this point, both birds are flying somewhere between six to nine lengths of the flight pen during each session. The rehab staff are increasing the owlets' daily goal to 10 passes this week.
Once the owlets are flying an average of 15 passes during each session, and they are flying silently with good stamina, the owlets will be split up and individually put through live prey testing, or “mouse school”. For several days, the owlets will have to catch and kill their own food, to ensure they have enough experience hunting before they return to the wild this fall.