Going Green: Soarin Hawk Raptor Rescue

Apollo the great horned owl, and Peabody the barred owl are used as educational birds at Soarin Hawk. Both birds will never be able to be released back into the wild because of the extent of their injuries.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 10:55 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Last week we told you about Peabody and Apollo, two owls living at Soarin Hawk Raptor Rescue.

This week on Going Green, FOX 55's Abby Jackson tells us why many raptors end up there and how you can help them.

Apollo the great horned owl, and Peabody the barred owl are used as educational birds at Soarin Hawk. Both birds will never be able to be released back into the wild because of the extent of their injuries.

"We get in about 250 birds a year and that's owls, that's eagles, hawks, falcons, we get all different types of species and typically the injury that we see the most is hit by car," said Katherine Ternet, Soarin Hawk vet tech.

Apollo can't fully extend his wing, and Peabody is partially blind. Living in captivity, they're given the best possible medicine and care, and could live up to 20 years old.

"When they first come to me, I do a full exam. I start from the head and work my way down to the tail, make notes as I go along, then depending on the injury, that's going to depend on what type of medication they're going to receive."

Ternet says some of the birds, including owls, come in with open fractures and maggots on them.

There are ways you can help injured birds if you see them though.

"If they're going to rescue these babies or these adult birds, they need to make sure that they're careful and safe and they're not going to injure themselves, because they're going to attack. That's their instinct."

Ternet says not littering can protect them from getting hit by a car. Litter tends to attract rodents, and these beautiful birds can't look both ways. But if you do hit a raptor, or come across one, the best thing to do is call.

"Calling us as soon as possible is the best thing they can do."

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