How to Help Injured Owls

Safe ways to help injured owls

Owl hit by a car/injured

Keep the bird quiet, warm and in darkness. Shock and Stress are very dangerous for wild birds, keeping it warm, dark and undisturbed until it recieves medical assistance will give it the best chance of survival. No attempt should be made to feed or give it water. Contact your local wildlife rescue organisation or wildlife hospital. It is essential to take the bird to an experienced vet for a prognosis and treatment.

Owlet found on Ground

In the case of an owlet found on the ground in March, April or May, it is almost certain that this will be a recently fledged tawny owl. If the owlet is within a safe area, away from traffic, passers-by, dogs and cats and is not being harassed by corvids (eg crows or magpies), the bird should be left alone as the parents will be close by and tending to it’s needs once darkness falls. In the case of severe weather, with the youngster being in danger of chilling, please contact the World Owl Trust on 01229 718080 between 9 am - 5pm Monday to Friday. For emergencies and out of office hours please contact your local veterinary practice who will treat injured wildlife free of charge. To E-mail us, click here.

How to help injured owls

Tawny Owls get used to humans very quickly and then cannot be returned to the wild. Please make sure that you have minimum contact with the bird whilst it is in your care.

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