Great Horned Owlet #20-0437 has officially been cleared for release! After passing mouse school and demonstrating strong flight, this owl is ready to go home. Soon our veterinarians will perform a final checkup, before transferring #20-0437 to a transporter to be released back into the wild where it belongs.
In the week following admission, Bald Eagle #20-3131 showed improvement in her mentation and was moved to a C-pen on September 11. The rehabilitation staff report that this bird is eating well; she often meets them at the door of the enclosure and is very eager for her food to be delivered. Dr. Karra hopes to be able to move the bird to a larger enclosure soon to see how the bird flies.
Rehabilitation staff have observed that Bald Eagle #20-2906’s physical conditioning has improved since being transitioned to flight pen A3. Initially reported as flying poorly, within four days the eagle showed notable improvement; on September 14, it’s daily exercise regimen was increased to between 5-10 passes of the enclosure. The bird will remain in flight pen A3 and receive daily exercise during the coming weeks. The veterinary staff plan to quickly examine the bird’s suture site during a routine feet and feathers check scheduled for September 28.
Bald Eagle #20-2508 has been doing well in flight pen A3 during the past twelve days. The rehabilitation staff report that the eagle is flying between 5-10 passes of the 96 foot-long enclosure during daily exercise, showing proper form in flight and an increase in physical stamina. Dr. Karra performed a follow-up set of radiographs on the eagle’s left wing on September 17, and noted that a significant amount of soft tissue swelling associated with the eagle’s original carpal injury was still present.
Bald Eagle #20-2906 has been recovering well during the past week. Several days after applying sutures to the eagle's puncture wound, Dr. Karra noted the injury was healing very well and showed no signs of swelling or discharge. On September 9, the eagle was transitioned to flight pen A3 alongside Bald Eagle #20-2508, one of the Center's largest open-air enclosures. The sutures put in place by Dr.