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Great Grey Owl

Updated: Feb 1

Patient Spotlight:

This patient came to us earlier in the year and was our 214th intake of 2022.

This Great Grey Owl originally came into our care after being found suspected to be struck by a car on April 14th, 2022. Upon intake, this Grey Grey had some bruising behind its ears and severe trauma to his right eye, including a corneal ulcer and scar.

On April 29th, just 15 days later, our veterinarian performed surgery to remove the right eye. The surgery went very well, and by May 18th, the surgical site had healed with no concerns for infection or pain.

Throughout the healing process, our wildlife care specialists moved the owl up

through enclosure sizes according to the owl's healing process and physical capabilities.

By the end of May, the owl had been medically cleared to be moved into a large flight pen to begin vision, flight, and prey testing.

This Great Grey was in our care for only 72 days! Even with one eye missing, this Great Grey Owl completed all the proper conditioning and passed all the required testing, and was ready to be release back to the wild. Two of our staff members released him just North West of the city in a large open space between Airdrie and Cochrane.

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