1st 2017 great horned owl youngster

young great horned owl Admission Date: 31 March 2017
Outcome: Released, 14 August 2017 north of Auburn
Location of Rescue: Polk County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Bad first flight / eye issue
Patient Status: Patient Archive

SOAR volunteer Deb received our first great horned owl hatchling of the year. This youngster was found along the interstate in Des Moines after what may have been a bad first flight attempt?

The owl’s right eye was swollen shut when Deb received but opened within 24 hours but can see some blood in the eye. The owl is also missing the front middle talon on the right foot. This owl definitely experienced some trauma!