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Going Home: Great Horned Owl released

Friday, June 19, 2015

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences invited the public to witness a young owl being released back into the wild on Wednesday, June 10.

The great horned owl nestling was found earlier this spring on the ground next to OSU’s Student Union.

“Our Veterinary Medical Hospital received many calls from the public about this owl,” said Joao Brandao, LMV, MS, assistant professor of Zoological Medicine. “The owl was brought to our service where we assessed it for injuries. No abnormality was detected via a physical exam and other diagnostic tests such as blood work and radiographs.”

Brandao’s team took care of the owl and then transferred it to a flight cage where she could literally spread her wings and fly in a protected environment. Her improvement and development progressed as expected and she is now ready to be released back into the wild.

OSU treats wildlife at no charge to the person who brings an animal to its Veterinary Medical Hospital. There is a cost for care and donations can be made to the Wildlife Fund through the OSU Foundation. The fund covers veterinary medical care for orphaned and injured wildlife.

OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital treats all species and is open to the public. To make an appointment, call 405-744-7000. To support the Wildlife Fund, contact the OSU Foundation at 405-385-5607.  

Media Contact: Taylor Bacon | Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator | 405-744-6728 |

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