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Thursday, May 19, 2016

It was a good day at the Carolina Raptor Rehab Center

Click below for an adorable video of Carly examining Groucho!

Baby great horned owl gets examined for injuries

This adorable video was taken at the Carolina Raptor Rehab Center. The grounds crew at Carolina Golf Club called me to say that a baby owl had fallen out of a tree and would I help. Definitely.

By the time I got out there, Groucho (so named because of his eyebrows) had wandered to the woods to escape some overhead hawks. Baby owls that can't fly yet are very vulnerable on the ground. I put a towel over Groucho, handled him carefully with gloves in case he was injured, and took him to the Raptor Center.

When owls are threatened, they puff up to make themselves bigger. It's very effective. Keep in mind this baby is only 4 weeks old. Look at his talons.

He was deemd fit so we took him back to the golf course in a makeshift nest for mom and dad to find him and give him a scolding.

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