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One-Eyed Saw Whet Owl
In the depths of winter, a Northern saw-whet owl came to us with multiple injuries and only one eye. In the course of treatment, our rehab staff determined that this owl – likely a female – was probably hit by a car and lost her eye in the accident.
At the time of the accident, the owl was still a “hatch year” saw-whet, meaning that she was under twelve months old.
Because of her missing eye, it was unclear if she could be released. Mike Pratt, our Director of Wildlife Services, had known of other one-eyed owls that could hunt successfully, but would this young female be able to?
When she caught a live mouse during a test, the staff and stewards were delighted. With her strength and health returned, this owl is scheduled to be released before the end of June.
Happy hunting, saw-whet!
Read more about the owls of the Pacific Northwest or another owl with vision problems.