The Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas, or ARK, is working to get a Great Horned Owl back into the wild.
On Sunday, the owl could be seen fluffing up her feathers as a warning to volunteer Guy Davis as he checked on her. The owl has a large cut under her left wing, and she had to see a vet to get stitched up.
Those owls can live for 25 years. They have great eyesight, even though they only see in black and white. They can see objects with about five-percent the amount of light that humans require, and they can hear sounds some ten miles away.
"Our veterinarian, Dr. Tim Tristan, he's with Oso Creek," said the ARK's Tony Amos. "He did surgery to suture up this laceration, and it looks like it's healing now."
"These are predators, and they're not used to being handled, so when they get caught like this, they go into a kind of catatonic state," Guy Davis said. "So believe me, she has every intention of getting me if she could. Wouldn't you?"
The owl is feisty, and definitely appears ready to be released back into the wild. Amos believes the owl may be set free sometime over the next week or so.
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