Two wild patients who were scheduled for eye surgery are cleared for release! We are so grateful for the community’s support in covering the cost of the procedures… but there was a surprise twist to the story!
The first patient was a Merlin, a small species of falcon that lives in the Northern Hemisphere. The Merlin came to us with a tear in the cornea. We took him to Dr. Cassandra Bliss, a veterinary ophthalmologist, for examination and found that by the time we raised money for the surgery the eye had started healing well on its own. What a great surprise! The merlin was moved to an outdoor recovery enclosure and quickly started hunting again on its own. The merlin had a recheck with Dr. Bliss and was cleared for release.
The money that was donated for the surgery wasn’t used, so we decided to save the donations in a fund to be used the next time we get a wild animal that needs surgery.
The second patient was a Western Screech Owl. It was found by the side of the road with an impact trauma that badly damaged its eye. We’re assuming it was hit by a car, which is, sadly, a common injury for Western Screech Owls. Dr. Bliss examined the owl and found the eye could not be saved, and so we had to remove it. As awful as it sounds, owls can actually adjust and learn to compensate with just one eye.
After surgery, the owl was on a course of antibiotics and pain medications and recovered well. Now it’s in an outdoor enclosure so it can learn to orient and navigate with changed vision. The owl was rechecked by Dr. Bliss and she will be released back to the wild soon.
Without the generous donations of people like you, none of this would have been possible. Please know that you really made the difference for these little guys. Because of you, they will soon be back in the wild and able to live they lives they’re meant to live.