Last week we received two calls with very similar problems. Both callers had an owl who had somehow made it into their screened in porch.
The first caller from Dade Cityhad a large Great Horned Owl who just couldn’t seem to find the exit. Our volunteer who responded was able to give it a hand or two and captured it and released it safely back in the yard.
The second call came from a Carrollwood resident who had been away on vacation and returned to find a screech owl lounging around her pool. The volunteer who was sent to this ‘breaking and entering’ however did not simply remove from trespasser. The little screech had managed to bang his face up before we arrived by trying to escape on his own. We were also not sure how long he had been stuck in the patio. It was decided to bring him in to see the rehabber. He was given antibiotics to prevent infection and a few days of rest and free food before being returned to his home area.
If you find any sick, injured, or suspected orphaned wildlife we would like to remind you to give us or another permitted rehabilitator a call. We also ask that you consider making a donation to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that we may continue our work to conserve and protect wildlife in the Tampa Bay Area.
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