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Western Screech Owl

Megascops kennicottii


Found this owl covered in oil by a oil pump. Washed in dish soap 3 times and the next morning set it free

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peter 11 years ago
Western Screech Owl
Megascops kennicottii Western Screech-Owl

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KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats, this little guy is the star of our Facebook caption contest!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thank you! :D

Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee 10 years ago

Wonderful story, and beautiful shot!

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

Crazy eyes!! Was this at a rehab center? Screech Owls are pretty tough, but they do get stressed easily. A licensed rehabilitator would know how to minimize the stress. Very thoughtful action though! (I've been volunteering for years at a Raptor rehab center...I do get concerned when people try to take on the rehab themselves.)

glbnoah109 10 years ago

Great rescue. It is a good idea to turn the animals to a raptor or animal rescue. Sometimes our actions can damage protective oils.

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

I think the cleaning can be categorized under "implied consent". Great job!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Magic eyes..

KarenL 10 years ago

Nice story - are you a licensed wildlife rehabilitator?

Dangermouse 10 years ago

Let's hope he survived. :) Well done for helping him, and that photo is amazing - look at the eyes!

Ronald and Amissa
Ronald and Amissa 10 years ago

He looks like he's still in shock

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Eyes... or Annular Solar eclipses...?
Great shot...

HeatherMiller 10 years ago

So when you washed it, how did you know how to do this so the bird and you stayed safe? On the oil spill Deep Water horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, they were all over the news down there about not "helping" birds and critters covered in oil, unless you were trained. I was wondering where do you get trained to do that sort of thing? I know some animals will be less agreeable to being handled...but I don't really know.

hookgv 11 years ago

got his high beam on :~)

Marianne Wells
Marianne Wells 11 years ago

Ditto Darii. wow, those eyes! Kudos to you for taking care of it and setting it free!

DariiEnkhee 11 years ago

look at these eyes so amazing

ToriMiller 11 years ago

Awww, what a great story! We need more caring people like you!

California, USA

Spotted on Aug 16, 2010
Submitted on Apr 16, 2011

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