Great Horned Owl

Found hanging by its wing from a power line, this owl was suspended in the air for hours before the energy company was able to shut off the power and cut down the power line to retrieve the bird.

Upon admit, no broken bones were found, but the bird had a laceration on the left humerus from where the power line was digging into the skin. Bruising across the elbow and patagium was also severe. With suture placed on the humerus, we are keeping the wing wrapped, massaging the patagium with vitamin E oil, and doing physical therapy on the wing every day. There is a chance that an important tendon and/or ligament was torn while the bird was thrashing in the line, but only time will tell. The owl is being treated with antibiotics, pain relief, and inflammation medication.

Update: The lacerations and soft tissue damage healed well over the next two months. The bird progressed quickly through flight training and was successfully released into the wild! Unfortunately, the bird was found ground a week post release and was re-admitted into our clinic. The bird did not thrive while back out in the wild and became emaciated which it is now being treated for. The bird is gaining weight well so far.

Date Found: 10.30.20

Location Found: Victor, ID

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