SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Monday, November 5, 2012

The road to recovery.. Abe

A Mid-South bald eagle is back on the road to recovery, but the battle to find his shooter isn't over yet.

 The eagle named Abe just got out of a complicated four hour surgery to repair a shattered leg and severely broken wing. He is recovering at Memphis veterinary specialist in Cordova. "It just took a lot longer than we thought. There were a lot of pieces to put back together, but it went well," said veterinarian Dr. David Hannon. Abe, of course, had to be put under.
Then the areas for surgery had to be plucked. "These are just major bones in a very large bird what happens when the bone break the muscle contracts pretty heavily so we to fight against that," Dr. Hannon said. Abe was discovered by a motorist on the side of the road in Hardeman County. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers say someone shot him likely as he was in flight. It is a federal offense to shoot an eagle. Wildlife officers say they do have some leads in this case that has a 75 hundred dollar reward. Abe could even go back into the wild. "He'll be here for a few more days to a week then he'll go out to the raptor center," said Dr. Hannon. Abe will stay here and recover for a few more days then go to the raptor center at Shelby Farms. If he recovers enough, he could be released into the wild.

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee