Wednesday 27th October 2010
First of all some owl news. Some good, and some sad. Recently on September the 25th, I mentioned that ‘Homer’ the male Turkemenian Eagle Owl had been admitted to hospital with a detached retina caused by head trauma. Homer initially appeared to stabilize, but eventually he went down hill. He was kept in our quarantine, where his balance deteriorated. He went back to the vet, where it was found that he was now completely blind. He wasn’t able to function even in a reduced capacity, and therefore had no quality of life. Our vet decided the kindest thing to do, would be to put him to sleep. We are all very sad about this, as he was a character. Homer will be missed.
The good news is that life goes on no matter what happens. Our breeding pair of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls have parted with this year’s young, which have moved on to other collections. This has left our breeding pair with an aviary to themselves, and they have taken advantage of the situation by going into breeding mode again. The female has disappeared into her nest box, and on the few occasions she has emerged, she is now displaying a brood patch, usually a sure sign she is either incubating eggs, or at least thinking about it. We will be keeping an eye on proceedings.
This is the last week of the visitor season, and being half term, things are quite hectic at the moment. It is the Halloween week, and a lot of things are going on at present, which I will fill you in on in the next blog, which, all being well will be put on the website by Saturday the 30th of October.
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