The bird was found by a Good Samaritan on Christmas Eve, 2011, and contacted Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvington for assistance. The bird was on the ground, severely injured and unable to fly, and had also been sprayed in the eyes by a skunk.
Mary Ann Tobin, former Kentucky State Legislator and Founder of Broadbent, drove to Cadiz herself to transport the bird back to the sanctuary for life-saving medical care. Dr. Mike O’Bryan, Broadbent Staff Veterinarian, diagnosed the owl as suffering serious head trauma, with blood in her eyes and nostrils, and badly irritated eyes.
The bird received medical treatment in Broadbent’s Intensive Care Unit for the first week, then was moved to a rehabilitation cage in the clinic for supportive care, and finally transferred to one of the sanctuary’s flight cages on the property for rehabilitation. The owl, who had a wing span of almost five feet, was deemed ready for release by Dr. O’Bryan and Tobin, a state and federally-licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
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