A tiny, fierce falcon and a western screech owl can only be saved and released back into the wild with your help!
Patient 18-1035, a merlin falcon, came in from Grants Pass and shortly after we received Patient 18-979, a western screech owl brought in from the Jacksonville area. It was immediately clear to our Wildlife Images Animal Clinic staff that something was wrong with an eye on each bird. Wildlife Images consulted with Dr. Cassandra Bliss of Bliss Animal Eye Care in Central Point. Dr. Bliss is a veterinary eye specialist who we regularly work with. She is generously donating her time, while we will cover the remaining costs of materials, tools, and medicine which comes to $1,500 for both birds. With these procedures, these two birds can survive and will be able to live a full life in the wild…. but only with your help.
Patient 18-1035 – Merlin Falcon
Vision in both eyes is vitally important to this skilled hunter. Merlin’s hunt songbirds and shorebirds. That won’t be possible if surgery is not done. Dr. Bliss will be fixing a puncture in the left eye. We feel confident the procedure will restore the falcon’s vision and will allow the young bird to not only be released, but thrive in the wild. The species has also been called “lady hawk” and “pigeon hawk” and is the namesake of the town of Merlin!
Patient 18-979 – Western Screech Owl
We believe Patient 18-979 was, like so many owls, most likely hit by a car and that is how its right eye was injured. That is why Dr. Bliss plans to remove the damaged right eye in Patient 18-979. Owls rely on both excellent hearing and keen vision to be the incredible hunters they are, but it is an owls hearing which is the true star of the show. Even with just one eye, this tiny guy should be able to be returned to the wild and live a long and healthy life.
While it may seem rather simple, it’s not. These kind of surgeries take specific skills and tools including an operating microscope and microsurgical instruments… and it is expensive – normally, the two surgeries combined would cost $7,500 but because of Dr. Bliss’ commitment to animal care she is doing both surgeries for just $1,500. This incredible gift is still more than we typically budget for treatment on just two animals.
Our mission is Saving Wildlife. That means ALL wildlife, not just the cute, furry, rare animals… If it’s the right call – we try everything we can to save any wild animal in our care. We believe these two birds have an extremely good chance at making a full recovery and being released back into the wild! Rarely does a single animal need a procedure that is so expensive, let alone two at once. Which is why we are asking for your help to cover the surgical costs and to save the lives of these two incredible birds.