This baby barred owl took quite a fall from his nest a few weeks ago. One windy day he took a 50-foot plunge from his nest down to the base of the tree. Luckily the family who owned the property had been keeping an eye on the cute little fuzz balls and quickly noticed that one was on the ground. They kept him somewhere safe and gave us a call. One of the volunteers went up to assess the situation and the baby showed some signs of trauma. He was brought in and observed before going to see the Wildlife Docs at Busch Gardens Tampa where he was given an all-clear. He did suffer minor bumps and bruises from the fall but nothing of major concern. It was decided the best thing to do for him would be to return it back to his mom who was still taking care of his sibling. So that’s exactly what we did! Working with Jon Davis Tree Service out of Spring Hill we were able to get the baby safely back into his nest.
We couldn’t have done it without the tree services assistance. We frequently reach out to other professionals to loan us their skills in situations like this. The family who found the baby is keeping an eye on the nest to make sure the siblings get along and no one else ends up on the ground before they’re ready to fledge. It has been reported that both babies are doing well and Mom and Dad are still there watching over them and feeding them.
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