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Old 10-20-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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This morning as I drove to work, I passed a crumpled up paper bag on the side of the road. "Hmm. Isn't that funny how much it looks like a little owl" I thought. A moment later, I thought "Gosh how ODD that it looks so much like a little owl." Another moment later, "I will never feel easy unless I go back and make sure that it was a paper bag." I made a U-turn and drove back. On the side of the road sat a little Eastern Screech Owl, eyes closed, not moving at all.

"Oh dear, it must be dead" I thought, "I'll make sure." So I crept up close, gently blew on it, and it turned its head ever so slightly. "Oh gosh!" I ran to the car, grabbed the only thing I could find to wrap it in, my fleece vest, and gently picked it up from behind. I don't think it even knew that I was there until that moment.

Once I got it to the car, I secured it in a soft-sided cooler and sped off for the nearest animal hospital. We made it in record time. The Vet has worked with owls before, and knows what to look for. She said that it had probably been hit by a car. The good news is that the owl does not appear to be seriously injured, wings, beak, legs and feet appear okay. There is some blood in its right eye and some blood coming from its mouth, but its tongue is not swollen and appears pink and healthy. They will look after it as though it were their own. I will say my prayers and be hopeful. I asked them to name it "Quiet."
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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OMG. Thank god you stopped. That made me misty ....
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Wow, Hedgerowe. I think you've done your good deed for the day. So glad you listened to those instincts.
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I will call at lunchtime and see how the little guy is doing. Will let you know.
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Good news. Quiet is perching on his own, which means that if either leg is injured, it is not serious. He is still keeping his eyes closed though, and they are treating him for shock. This afternoon they will see if he wants to eat. I will call them again tomorrow morning to see how his evening went. I am hopeful that he is a tough little guy.
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Good news. Quiet is perching on his own, which means that if either leg is injured, it is not serious. He is still keeping his eyes closed though, and they are treating him for shock. This afternoon they will see if he wants to eat. I will call them again tomorrow morning to see how his evening went. I am hopeful that he is a tough little guy.
I'll be saying my prayers and being hopeful right along with you.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:17 AM   #7
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Thanks, MaggyNolia. I am a little bit emotional about that little owl.
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Thanks, MaggyNolia. I am a little bit emotional about that little owl.
I understand completely.
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Great story! It was good that you stopped. Once hit, it doesn't take long for shock to start shutting down systems. If they can get it to eat, then it sounds like things are going to go well. That is the real test. Is it a gray or red phase eastern screech? Just wondering. Please keep us all posted! We are pulling for Quiet!
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That is quiet the story Hedgerowe. Glad you stopped.
Hope he starts eating soon. He may just need to rest a bit.
What do they give him to stimulate his appetite? Mice?
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