Friday, February 17, 2006

GHO - 1, Geese - 1

I got a call from the office during lunch. Glenda asked if I had time to pick up a great horned owl at the airport. It came in from Homer via ERA Aviation. Sure, I wasn't too far from there and had some free time.

I picked the kennel up at the cargo terminal and took a peek through the vents. This guy was ticked off. He was just a hissing. Off to Bird TLC we go.

As I stumble through the door I announce that our visitor is here. Cindy (Rehab Director) speaks up and says "You mean the one that got beat up by a bunch of geese"?

It seems this owl decided to get into a domestic goose pen. He killed one and the rest of them didn't like it. They bit the @*%% out of this guy and it hasn't been happy since.

They got some pretty good chuncks from it's right wing. It's going to be sore for a little while. We're not sure how it's going to heal. There's nothing to sew together.

GHO - 1
Geese - 1


Rexroth's Daughter said...

I may be way off, but a goose seems rather large prey for a great horned owl. How interesting that the geese got to teach him a few things about playing nice while he was in their pen! I do hope the owl mends and stays away from domestic goose pens in the future. Best of luck.

Dave said...

It seems to be doing OK. Geese are on the large size for prey, but this owl has attitude. It still doesn't seem to have a sense of houmor though.