Tuesday 29th April 2014
In another couple of days, we will be in a month that doesn’t have the letter ‘R’ in its name, which means that we should be in to the better weather, although I can’t complain about April.
Anyway, it’s been an eventful week here at the centre. I’m sorry to say we lost another two great characters in the collection. You may remember a fairly recent blog in which I mentioned how I assisted our vet Ian Hunter in the removal of a feather follicle tumour on the wing of ‘Ambrose’ the European Eagle Owl. Ian Hunter also said the tumour was very likely to be malevolent, and would come back. Well, it did! I was looking at Ambrose over the weekend, and he was drooping his wing, and looking generally under the weather. David Armitage the Collection Manager said he would take him to the vet on Monday. Well, needless to say, he went. It was found that not only was the tumour bigger than last time, it had also spread all the way down his wing. The prognosis wasn’t good, and he was also visibly suffering. The decision was made to end Ambrose’s suffering. He was another character who will be missed.
As if that wasn’t enough, another character; ‘Fish’ the Buffy fish Owl was found dead yesterday morning. He had literally dropped dead minutes before this discovery. The post mortem showed no discernible cause. He was in good condition. We’re already missing him ‘talking’ to us every morning. A sad day.
On a brighter note, the Pharaoh Eagle Owlets are now out of the nest box, and generally getting under foot whilst cleaning in the morning, so I managed to get a close look. One of them looked straight at me with eyes whose colour conjured up images of ‘old Victorian public urinals’! Sort of ‘cloudy yellow’.
We also have owlet noises coming from the Northern Hawk Owls in the Breeding Ground, which is good news, as this is for us, a new breeding pair.
See you next week.
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