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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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5 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......
Reply atul
6:11 AM on May 22, 2014 
hey....i found an owl in a very serious condition .i am from india and i think that it is an heart shaped owl....his left wing has a cit at its origin...and he is not able to move his/her wings properly.......he/she had baby owls....please help me
Reply Nina Butler
11:59 AM on January 3, 2015 
Hi there

I am writting to you from South Africa and have a spotted eagle owl with a head injury. The right eye is perfectly fine, but the left eye is completely black and swollen. It looks very dialated and the owl battles to open it up. I suspect the owl got a stone to the left side of its brain. and that it is not poison in the eye from a snake. It all so looks like a big blood bubble when i glanced at it quickly. I can see this bird is in alot of pain. it has servived the first night, but does not want to eat any food on the second day. He just sits in a basket, with closed eyes and does not move. The owl is about 4 month old, and only recently started flying and chatching his own food, but would still come home in the morning and afternoon for a snack or two. is there a way to save this eye, or is it too late? will this young bird ever be able to fly and fend for itself in the wild? How does their eyes influence their flight and catching abality?

Kind regards
Nina Butler