Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Owlet Saga Continues

So I had a dilemma. No one likes to be cruel even if it is with the best of intentions. On the other hand, how could you put an animal down which had gone through such a gruesome ordeal and seems otherwise healthy?

I phoned Steven Walker who was the first on the scene at the accident to get his take on it. He too couldn't bear to have the owl euthanized if it was going to be viable, but no one can see into the future, and we had veterinary advice as to what a likely outcome would be. Given that the owl's odds of having survived the prop strike were astronomical, we decided to proceed with the operation and see if its luck would hold.

I left a message on the vet's answering machine, and he got back to me shortly saying that he would proceed with the operation, but since it was not going to be taken in by the rescue centre I would be responsible for all costs. The estimate is roughly $2,000.

Having gone this far with the creature, I was not going to let a human preoccupation with finances deter me. Steven and I are going to set up a non-profit to care for the owl, which could quite possibly outlive me. More on this, and a plea for donations, later.

The owl had its operation, and came through ok. Since it had a broken mandible, it was being fed by a tube and was putting on weight, a positive sign. We still have no idea how the bird will react to having only one wing, so we have to play the waiting game. But so far, so good.


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