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Teton Raptor Center takes on a new resident owl

Teton Raptor Center takes on a new resident owl

(Wilson, Wyo.) - Last night, the Teton Raptor Center (TRC) officially unveiled its newest resident the the public. In late September, a nestling Barn Owl arrived at Teton Raptor Center from Idaho Fish and Game in very poor condition. The young owl was found near Idaho Falls and was severely dehydrated, thin, covered in dirt and grit. Upon admission, she had a noticeable broken jaw and was unable to stand on her own. According to TRC, the first 48 hours were quite precarious as she required antibiotics, pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and fluids five times per day, but she responded well to treatment and quickly regained her appetite. About six weeks after her arrival, the little owl grew stronger and was ready for flight and food testing. While she showed great potential and endurance with flight testing, she failed miserably when offered live prey. It took a few days to realize that she couldn’t hit the food consistently because she was profoundly deaf. After an exam by Dr. Heather Carleton, TRC’s local Advisory Council veterinarian and owner of Jackson Animal Hospital, it was determined that the owl’s hearing loss was permanent and she would never be a candidate for release to the wild. Teton Raptor Center sought permission from Wyoming Game and Fish as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to transfer her to their education team, and on April 1, 2016 that permission was formally granted. “While we were disappointed that this beautiful bird will not get to experience life in the wild, we are encouraged by her relative ease in handling daily life in captivity without her hearing. She will be a very strong addition to our avian ambassador team, and we look forward to sharing her story with all who are interested for many years to come,” said Becky Collier, TRC’s Senior Avian Educator. “Our goal is to keep wild birds wild. When that isn’t an option, we are privileged to give raptors like this Barn Owl a new role as educators and ambassadors for their species. They have so much to teach us,” said Amy McCarthy, TRC’s Executive Director. Teton Raptor Center invites community members and supporters from across the country to help name this female Barn Owl. Submit your name suggestion online at tetonraptorcenter.org. Three finalists will be chosen and voting for the Barn Owl’s ultimate name will begin at Eco-Fair on May 14 and continue online throughout the month. The Barn Owl’s winning name will be announced at RaptorFest on Sunday, June 19. *Feature Photo: h/t Teton Raptor Center / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news