“Truck Grill” GHO

GHO Admission Date: 29 November 2016
Outcome: Euthanized, 6 February 2017
Location of Rescue: Polk County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Hit by vehicle
Patient Status: Patient Archive

This great horned owl was hit by a pick-up truck in Polk County. The unfortunate part is that the owl was stuck behind the grill / bumper / valance on the truck, but was able to be extracted.

This great horned owl has a dislocated left elbow and bad left eye. Under anesthesia, our veterinarian was able to get the joint back as it should be and stabilized the wing with vet wrap. Drops were prescribed for the eye.


6 February 2017
This owl had lost all vision in the damaged eye and is unable to fly. This owl was humanely euthanized.

30 December 2016
The wrap is off the elbow and the elbow is not swollen. Still in ICU to restrict movement for a few more days. Eye has iris damage but has some vision.