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Great-horned owl moved to outside enclosure at CROW

By Staff | Jun 14, 2017

A great-horned owl that was found in a soccer net is making progress at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. MEGHAN MCCOY

A great-horned owl that was found caught in a soccer net in Lehigh Acres was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife May 31.

“She was lethargic and down,” CROW Rehabber Brenna Frankel said when initially admitted.

On Sunday, June 4 she was moved to the small flight enclosure outdoors after showing great signs of eating and taking its fluids.

“Her nutrition was good,” Frankel said, adding that she has been a great eater. “She’s eating outside and is acting appropriate when in contact with humans.”

Although the initial exam of the great-horned owl did not show any apparent fractures, she has bandages on the top part of her wing for safety measures while in the flight cage.

While in the outside enclosure, Frankel said they will monitor her flying and how well she does with the number of flights back and forth. She said it’s important to keep an eye on the owl for such signs as fatigue after one flight, or sore muscles because it may indicate there is an injury.

“It’s a waiting game to see how she adjusts,” Frankel said. “Once she’s doing good she’ll be released back into the wild.”

So far, nine great-horned owls have been admitted to CROW this year. She said since they are one of the top predators they do well standing their ground, which unfortunately means when they are admitted to CROW they are hurt pretty badly.