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Rehabilitated horned owl returns home
by Melissa K. Lovett
Jul 31, 2013 | 753 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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After months of rehabilitation the TSA and the Gold family return the owl to its original home, the owl was release near a tree he had been observed for months prior to the injury.  The bird had been seen for years on the property by members of the Gold family.  TSA veterinarian Dr. David Stelling joined Lynda Brewer, John Gold, Macy Gold, Julie Arispe and Johnny Ellis at dusk to return the owl home.
Contributed photo After months of rehabilitation the TSA and the Gold family return the owl to its original home, the owl was release near a tree he had been observed for months prior to the injury. The bird had been seen for years on the property by members of the Gold family. TSA veterinarian Dr. David Stelling joined Lynda Brewer, John Gold, Macy Gold, Julie Arispe and Johnny Ellis at dusk to return the owl home.
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The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi released a Great Horned Owl back into the wild after months spent in the TSA Second Chance Wildlife Rehabiliation Program.  The Gold family of Swinney Switch found the large widespread raptor tangled in a barbed-wire fence.   The family had seen the bird roosting and hunting on their property for years and were eager for its return.
Contributed photo The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi released a Great Horned Owl back into the wild after months spent in the TSA Second Chance Wildlife Rehabiliation Program. The Gold family of Swinney Switch found the large widespread raptor tangled in a barbed-wire fence. The family had seen the bird roosting and hunting on their property for years and were eager for its return.
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After months of rehabilitation an adult Great Horned Owl was released back to the area where it was found injured in March.

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.

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