Owl Rescue Rehabilitation Oklahoma

Owl Rescue and Rehabilitation

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Wildlife presents its various colors on earth and billions of species live there and spend their lives. On one side where it gives food, shelter, and a peaceful environment to animals and birds, there it has some strange facts as well which also allows animals and birds to suffer from them. So, wildlife is not that easy and the stronger ones survive. Birds are mostly found in the air and everyone thinks that how they will be coming on earth but, nature has its own rule and regulations.

Generally, owls are considered as a sign of bad happenings as you might have seen in many movies. In Oklahoma, there are a lot of owls who appear at night and make their food arrangements. Where they gather the food themselves, their children can be lost or the adults can get injured. Due to the cold weather, they can be sick or some other predator can attack them. These are the problems, owls face in their lives.

First of all when we see an owl is grounded then we need to figure out that it needs our help or not? If the baby owl is healthy and active then its mother will be nearby and if we find that it is feeling cold, dehydrated, or injured then it needs our help for sure.

Does the owl need help?

Not all owls need help. If an adult owlet with a fuzzy head and body has fully grown wings and feathers, it is fledgling and learning to fly. Spending normal time is the normal thing for owls. Most of the time their moms and dads are nearby.   If the owl is in a dangerous location then it can be picked up and moved to a safer location. You can do that by nudging the back of its leg using leather gloves. Their parents do not reject their children just because they are being touched by humans. So when there is a sloped area and the owl falls out of the nest while nestling or it gets injured then, it needs our help.

How do I safely pick up an owl?

When an owl is found injured or orphan then the first thing that needs to be done is handling. Select the card box that is big enough to hold the owl without bending the feathers. Put holes and place a pair of t-shirts at the bottom of a card box. Afterward, you can slowly approach the owl and grab it with a towel or blanket.

First aid for injured owls:

Minimizing the stress for an owl will be the priority because most birds are being killed by shock rather than the injuries. Immediate action is needed as delay causes stress. Following are the steps that you must take when you find an injured owl.

  1. Gently put a blanket or a jumper on the owl to keep it warm.
  2. Put it into the well-ventilated card box and it should be darkened inside. You should place the newspaper or t-shirts at the bottom of the card box. Do not use the straw and never place water in the box.
  3. Do not try to feed the owl at first, rather than call the nearby US fish and wildlife licensed rehabilitators and tell them about the whole situation.
  4. If the rehabilitators are not available then you must take the step and take care of the bird. Call your veterinarian in Oklahoma and ask them about the treatment procedure and the diet as well.
  5. After the surgery or treatment is done put it into the card box and wait until it gets better to feed.
  6. First, hydrate the bird by offering the formula that the doctor has given. Then offer it the food as well. Food must be soft so that it can digest it easily.
  7. As we are licensed fish and wildlife rehabilitators in Oklahoma, we have experienced people helping the wild animals and birds, so after hydrating, give it the soft food. In starting days it will not adopt the environment and the food so proceed with it slowly.
  8. When it’s getting healthy, we must shift it into a large cage so that it can perform its normal activities. In this way, its wounds will heal rapidly.
  9. Place a source of water and branches of trees in the enclosure. It will help to stay happy in the enclosure.
  10. Clean the enclosure twice a day for the prevention of the diseases.

Release:

Once you see that the owl is active and all wounds have been healed naturally and eating food regularly then it’s the time to release the owl. First, check these requirements before releasing them. Release the owl in that area where you found it before. Check the weather forecast and make sure that there is no rain within the next three days. Release the owl in the evening time because they like to come out in the evening.

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