GRANTS PASS, Ore - Animal care technicians continue to see progress in a northern spotted owl receiving care at Wildlife Images’ Animal Clinic.
This animal, protected under the Endangered Species Act, arrived Monday from the Talent area showing signs of head trauma and an eye injury.
When animals arrive at the clinic they are triaged and given an initial exam. For the past two days the patient has been on cage rest, extra fluids and anti- inflammatory medication.
The northern spotted owl is showing a squint in the in the left eye. Owls rely on hearing over vision when hunting. In fact, an eye injury or even the loss of one eye does not necessarily mean the animal cannot be released.
The animal care team is hopeful for recovery and release.