On Sunday, 2 February, a young Spotted Eagle Owl was brought to the HESC. It looks like the poor thing was hit by a car! This owl was in luck, though, because our newest staff member, Karien Smit, has been working in bird and wildlife rehabilitation for about 13 years. After some inspection, Karien determined that our owl is suffering from what is known as ‘Crush Syndrome’ – the intestines have been pushed up into the chest cavity from the impact of the car. The owl was treated with a strong anti-inflammatory, a painkiller and was rehydrated.
We will only know in a few days whether or not our rescued owl will be able to survive the injuries caused by the accident. We will continue to keep the owl hydrated and medicated, and hope for the best.