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How to help an injured owl

Posted by Owl Rescue on July 6, 2011 at 6:13 AM

The most important thing to remember when you find an injured bird is to minimize any stress to the bird as the shock can cause their death.  Therefore do not attempt to handle the bird; gently cover the bird with a blanket or towel and place the bird in a well ventilated cardboard box.

You need not give the owl water and please don't feed the owl before you have spoken to an Owl Rescue representative that will inform you what the owl's diet consist of.

Call The Owl Rescue Centre for further assistance.

Always wash your hands after handling birds.

 

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3 Comments

Reply rodrigo
7:37 PM on October 19, 2011 
Hello, I am writing from Venezuela. I rescue what it seems a rather young owl. It oviusly has a injuered leg a nee level (it seems thorn joint). I would like to know if you have expirence in similar cases. I would love to help him but i am worried the is not posible to an owl to live a "normal live" whith out the use of one leg. Beside i am worried that the pain doesnt make worth save in it (i supose its in pain becouse it wont even consider the use of the injured leg). Thank for your time.
Reply Owl Rescue
4:46 AM on October 20, 2011 
rodrigo says...
Hello, I am writing from Venezuela. I rescue what it seems a rather young owl. It oviusly has a injuered leg a nee level (it seems thorn joint). I would like to know if you have expirence in similar cases. I would love to help him but i am worried the is not posible to an owl to live a "normal live" whith out the use of one leg. Beside i am worried that the pain doesnt make worth save in it (i supose its in pain becouse it wont even consider the use of the injured leg). Thank for your time.


Hi Rodrigo,

Thank you for your inquiry. We often get owls with leg injuries in our rehabilitation centre. Unfortunately owls are unable to hunt with only one leg and in such a case the owl can?t be rehabilitated and released back in the wild. We usually check the owl to determine if it still has feeling in its claws to access if the owl can be rehabilitated. If the owl still has feeling in its claws, there is a possibility for a successful rehabilitation. It is recommended to take the owl to your closest vet or rehabilitation centre.

All the best.
Reply Cheryl
8:58 AM on February 26, 2014 
Hello there
I live in the Berg River Valley, just outside of Hopefield in the Western Cape.
We have found an injured Spotted Eagle Owl, cannot fly and its one eye, the pupil does not dilate or contract..... Can you offer me some advice please......

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