Now for what I’ve been waiting over two months to reveal: before the initial surgery, back in September, vet Jim Hobby of Smalley’s Animal Hospital looked up the literature on pinning raptor wings. The barred owl was already anesthetized and awaiting surgery when Jim called me over to the computer to read over his shoulder. According to the literature, the success rate of this type of surgery is only 1.3%. Yeah, the odds were overwhelmingly against this guy’s release, which makes his flight to freedom even sweeter. Sometimes we win, and we win big!
And once again, LWR owes HUGE thanks to vets Jim Hobby and Richie Hatcher; without their willingness to take risks, our newly-free barred owl would never have had a second chance at life.