The great horned owl had come in when I did the December update; see the December update for a photo of her. We originally thought she was weak from capillaria, which she did have, but after working with her for a few days, Steve Hicks of Bubba & Friends reached the conclusion that she had probably been the victim of a botched—and illegal—attempt at making a pet of her. When the novelty wore off or she sank those giant talons into someone, she was dumped and ended up—thankfully, for her sake—on the farm of a family who knew to contact me. Steve will continue to try and “deprogram” her, but if this doesn’t work, she’ll become an educational bird.
For the rest of the month we had a possum, a screech owl, two red tail hawks, two red shoulder hawks, two black vultures, two barred owls and a turkey vulture. Not all of them were treatable, of course: Some were euthanized, some transferred and some released.