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Snowy Owl Hit And Trapped In SUV ‘Will Make A Full Recovery’

January 2, 2018


A snowy owl that was hit and trapped inside the grill of an SUV is expected to make a full recovery.


snow owl hit and rescue in SUV
Credit: Salthaven West


Megan Lawrence, director with wildlife rehabilitation centre Salthaven West, responded Thursday to the report of a snowy owl hit by a vehicle near Regina, Saskatchewan. While at first things were looking touch-and-go for the bird dubbed Tahoe, his condition has since improved.


snow owl hit and rescue in SUV
Credit: Salthaven West


“We often receive calls about animals that are hit by vehicles on highways,” said Lawrence, “however Thursday’s call was quite a bit different! Realizing she had hit an owl and assuming the worst for the bird, Felecia continued the few minutes into Regina and stopped shortly after to see if there was any damage to her truck. There was damage alright – and a Snowy Owl to prove it!”


The owl was taken to the Animal Clinic of Regina where they confirmed with radiographs that the owl’s wing was fractured. He was bandaged up and administered medication to help with pain.


“The first 48 hours are critical for most patients and the Snowy was touch-and-go due to the severe concussion, but is making excellent progress so far,” Lawrence said.


snow owl hit and rescue in SUV
Credit: Salthaven West


The young male, whom they’ve been calling Tahoe, is in for at least a six-week minimum recovery period while his bone heals and stabilizes. Before being released, he will be given test flights to ensure he is strong, healthy and not suffering permanent vision damage as a result of concussion.


snow owl hit and rescue in SUV
Credit: Salthaven West



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