If you find and injured Owl
The most important thing to remember is that this is a wild Owl and although it may be sick or injured and need help, it will be very frightened of you and you should approach the bird very calmly and quietly.
Owls have very sharp talons and will use them when frightened, so be very careful.
DO NOT USE YOUR BARE HANDS
Thick gardening gloves or heavy duty leather gloves are ideal.
Put the Owl in a secure box, if you do not have a box wrap the Owl in a towel or cloth, even your coat, making sure that there is ventilation. Do not handle it too much, this will stress the Owl even more. Putting it somewhere quiet, dark and warm will help keep it calm. Do not let all your friends and neighbours look at it as this will make the Owl extremely stressed and increase it's shock. The Owl could die from stress/shock alone.
Most vets will treat wild animals/birds free of charge so do not worry.
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THE LOCATION WHERE THE OWL WAS FOUND. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
GET THE OWL TO A VET OR YOUR LOCAL OWL/RAPTOR RESCUE OR BIRD OF PREY CENTRE. DO NOT TRY TO TREAT IT YOURSELF
The most common causes of death and injury to Owls are, collisions with vehicles, drowning and ingesting poisons through the food chain.
What we do at Chrissie's Owls
We will examine the Owl to see if it needs immediate veterinary attention, if so we will contact our vet and arrange to take the Owl to him. We will continue to keep the Owl in a quiet, warm and dark place.
If the Owl needs surgery or treatment we will collect it when it is fit to come back to us and look after it until it is fit to go back into the wild.
While the Owls are in our care we must ensure that they remain wary of humans, so we avoid any unnecessary contact with them otherwise they become imprinted and cannot be returned to their natural habitat.
If an Owl is injured in such a way that it cannot be returned to the wild or be given a good quality of life the kindest thing is for the vet to put it to sleep thus avoiding any more stress for it.
Owls are very territorial and need to be returned to their own territory.
WE WILL NEVER REFUSE TO HELP AN INJURED OWL WITHIN REASON
AND CAN BE CONTACT 24 HOURS A DAY IN MOST CASES
For further information on Owl Rescue, or if you are worried about an Owl you have found and require us to give you advice, please feel free to contact us, by any of the contact methods available.
Photo Slideshow of Rescued Birds of Prey
A new photo gallery/slidehow of rescued and released Owls and other Birds of Prey will be implemented soon.