Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release
The rescue took hours. The Great Horned Owl was spotted inside netting at a large retail outlet in American Canyon. The netting was meant to keep things out from under the eaves of the large building, but there was a hole, which the owl found just the once, and it became imprisoned. We were called, but it turned out not to be easy as that. We needed permission, and Corporate had to be called, and they had to find somebody to come to the scene to look for themselves. Animal Control became involved – they were a huge help – and we needed the Fire Department to bring a tall enough ladder. Finally, 3 hours later, the Animal Control Officer netted him and we took him to the clinic for an exam.
It could have been just have been just a rescue and release if the net was the only problem. It wasn’t. His feet had damage, and the next morning he was down on the ground, which isn’t right. It was possible that there was something with one of his eyes. So the rehabilitation took a couple of weeks as each issue was straightened out, but in the end he was well and ready.
The trip back to his home area took a little less than an hour. Then he got his first sight of what he had needed for a while. The release took seconds.