Baby Screech Owl Rescue
A few weeks ago we were hit hard with a severe storm. There wasn't any talk of a tornado hitting our town, but there was definitely tornado like damage. We watched from the upstairs windows for awhile and it was crazy outside! I had never seen anything like it before, except in the movies. All we could see was a wall of white because it was pouring so hard and the wind was blowing so hard. Even though the tornado sirens didn't go off we still thought it was best to head downstairs. Then we lost our power. Then it started to hail. After about 20 minutes of staying in the dark basement, it started to calm down. We went upstairs to check out the damage. Our neighbors had trees uprooted, one had a tree on their house, yards were flooded, roofs were damaged, electric lines were down, people had a foot or more of water in their basements and the end of our street was flooded. It was a crazy mess! We were lucky, we lost one small branch, our basement stayed dry and some how our big bouncy ball that started off in our front yard, only ended up in our back yard.
My hubby and daughter ventured outside to see the damage around the block. They came home with a wet and cold baby screech owl. He had fallen out of his nest and probably would have died if John didn't rescue him. ( fyi, my husband has a lot of experience with birds)
This screech owl was the cutest thing ever. We wanted to do whatever we could to help him return to good health and bring him back to his momma. Since he was wet and cold, our main concern was hypothermia. We filled a zip lock bag with warm water (since we didn't have power, the water heater was the only source of heat) and while holding the owl close to his chest, my hubby put the bag of water on the owl. This helped him warm up. Then he blew on him for a little bit to help him dry off and then put the warm bag of water back on him to keep him warm. We wanted to make sure we kept him warm and at the same time air dry him without cooling him off. We did this for about 3 hours. We then tried to feed him a bit of raw hamburger. It took him a couple of times before he finally ate some. We let him rest on the couch for the evening and at about 2 am he started making short jumping flights around. This was a great sign of improvement. The following morning we fed him some more hamburger. We spent the day with him then we decided it would be best to bring him back to where we found him. John and the girls walked over to the tree with the nest in it and along with 5 other neighbor kids, watch the baby owl as he climbed up the tree. Later that night, the neighbor saw the momma owl call out to the baby and they were reunited. Every time we walk past the tree we look for him but so far we have not seen that little guy again.
3/18/2018 12:37:29 am
As the saying goes, "there's always a rainbow after the rain". The place where you live might have been stormed, but there is still la good news after all. The owl was too cute not to be noticed. You saved the owl. You may not have any idea how big of an impact it was, but you just saved a precious life! I know you guys are capable of taking care of the owl, but once he gain the needed strength to live in his natural habitat, I am hoping you will be willing to let him go. That's the right thing to do!
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