Now, on to the birds…
The red shoulder has been released!
A late-night call about a hit-by-car owl resulted in the intake of this youngish barred owl, whose right wing was shattered at the wrist, in addition to an eye injury. The wrist fracture was the deal-breaker, though, as the break was in the joint and this isn’t a fixable injury—at least, not one that will allow flight.
…And the little snot took off before I could even focus the camera on him, happily rejoining his family. So no pix or video of the actual release, but a very happy little barn swallow when he regained his freedom! The video below, taken from inside my parents’ laundry room, gives you an idea of the level of swallow activity under their carport. Pretty amazing, huh?!