Texas State Aquarium veterinarian Dr. David Stelling arrived in Swinney Switch on Friday, July 26, to release the owl on the private property where it was originally found.
According to the TSA, it is always best to return animals to their original habitat.
The Gold family of Swinney Switch found the injured owl tangled in a barbed- wire fence.
The family had seen the owl roosting and hunting on their land for years and was very eager to see it returned, as reported by the TSA.
The adult owl was brought to the Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.
The Texas Breeding Bird Atlas describes the horned owl as one of the largest and most powerful widespread raptors.”
According to the TBBA website the Great Horned Owl is one of the more easily observed owls because it is large, relatively common to Texas, and it can be found hunting in the daytime, ordinarily on cloudy days.
“We typically see and treat over 300 injured or sick animals per year at our hospital with the goal of rehabilitating them and releasing them back into their natural habitat,” TSA Chief Marketing Officer Richard Glover said. “The program is federally permitted and operates under rigorous standards established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”
The program is able to care for shorebirds, birds of prey, reptiles and marine mammals.
For more information on all the programs at the TSA, go to texasstateaquarium.org.
To view video the release go to mysoutex.com.