This Great Horned Owl came to my work (Lake Erie Nature & Science Center) because it was struck by a vehicle on Route 2. The kind woman who found it was so kind to stop and safely rescue it before it was hit again and killed.
It’s so sad to see such an apex predator down and out like this bird was upon intake. It was pouring blood from somewhere, most likely its left ear. It had blood in its mouth, too.
We started fluid therapy and anti-inflammatories immediately and each day the bird improved. I was surprised how well it progressed each day! It started getting grumpier and grumpier although for a Great Horned, it was generally pretty docile.
Once the meds and fluid therapy were over it wasn’t much longer before it was flying and ready to join its mate. It was an after third-year bird which was determined by what you might ask? A black light! Our bird bander used a black light to see molt patterns. The newer feathers glow! (See more about this here!)
So once it was banded it was taken back to near where it was found and released – not on the highway, of course!