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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Snowy Owl Rescue - Part 2

So there we were. A beautiful but injured snowy owl in the ditch. And we had advice from two nature centers to capture it. Now came the scary part. Bobbi rushed home to get some clothes baskets, blankets and heavy gloves. Injured or not the bird was a powerful raptor. We had to be careful to not injure the bird any further nor subject ourselves to sharp talons or beak. The operation went unexpectedly smoothly. Snowy tensed but did not resist. Into the clothes basket she went. Then we placed the basket in the back seat, covered it partially with a blanket, to keep the bird calm and headed off to Rochester, Minnesotas Quarry Hill Nature Center for further instructions.
There Snowy was placed in a more appropriate pet carrier to be transported to the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicines famous Raptor Center in St. Paul




Their motto is, "Ensuring the health of raptors and the world we share." We certainly hoped so... It is, in fact, a internationally renowned education facility which trains students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation.
We were told at the Center that starvation with injury cases are tough but their was hope. We’ve called their hot line several times and no final determination has yet been made. Still, we’re glad we could help and now know that our friend Snowy will not die alone in a ditch. She is being given every chance to survive.

17 comments:

  1. how wonderful that there was no struggle. :)

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  2. Such an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it. :0)

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  3. I loved t5his story and love you for your part in it....and also just because.

    Please give Baron a hug and a treat for me.

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  4. Exciting to rescue this beautiful bird. I hope the outcome is good and she recovers enough to return to the wild. Congratulations on noticing she was in distress and getting her the help she needed.

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  5. You are indeed the embodiment of a Good Samaritan -- helping the smaller critters in our life, we show our heart. I hope your Snowy Owl makes it and is able to return to the wild (although my cats may be their prey).

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  6. I so hope you all got to her in time. I found a young eagle like that once that was just emaciated. The rescue folks couldn't save my fellow. I sure hope yours does well. Let us know. What a beauty.

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  7. I hope she makes it! They are so beautiful. We saw three more of them on our drive today.

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  8. Very cool story! Let us know how it turns out.

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  9. I'm glad you were able to help Snowy, and I hope she does in fact recover. You had quite an adventure rescuing her.

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  10. You are all heros!! Way to go! From what I have read they can stare to death fairly easily...we have one mounted in the museum that starved to death. I hope for only the best results for your rescue. Good looking legs:)

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  11. I am sending lot of good thoughts and warm wishes that this beautiful creature is nursed back to health! The Snowy Owls are so special and how wonderful that her path crossed with loving humans!!

    Good luck sweet bird!
    xo Catherine

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  12. How awesome to be part of a Snowy Owl Rescue! I hope you are rewarded with news of a full recovery and release back into the wild for Snowy! You guys were a blessing come true for Snowy...

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  13. How wonderful that you actually helped capture a snowy owl. So many people would have simply driven by, shaking their heads. I'm glad that this one bird has been given a second chance. Hope you will have a positive update to report. But if not, at least the bird was well cared for until the end.

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  14. Quite an adventure -- I am hoping for the best for this beautiful creature. Thank you for helping.

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  15. Thank you again for the visit and comment!

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  16. Great story. Fortunately, Snowy was found by kind bird watchers who want her to have the best chance of survival.

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