Three of the nine baby great horned owls we are caring for at Red Creek. Gabby and Goliath sure are busy raising these. What is wonderful about this video (other than the fact that juvenile owls are the cutest) is the one on the right is the owl that arrived with a broken wing and a broken leg. She has started flying beautifully, and we now know she will be able to be released! That is the best news ever!
Update on the owlets, which now number 7. They are getting their feathers in and one even flew up to the perch. They all have a tenacious attitude, perfect for growing up to be the wild and free great horned owls of the future.
Step inside Red Creek and see how we care for the baby owls. We now have 5. Two more came from Centre Wildcare this past week.
Yesterday, Gabby received two babies from Centre Wildcare. It seems to be the year of the owl.
From Centre Wild Care: These great horned owlets were blown down during a wind storm and the nest was destroyed. We typically like to re-nest baby owls but it was not possible in this situation.. We cared for them for a few days until we could find a foster mama and transport. They are now on their way to Red Creek Wildlife Center. They have a foster mama great horned owl that cares for orphaned babies.
Baby owls – Their Stories.
Baby great horned owls are common early spring patients. We often attempt to renest them with their parents, or find a suitable nest to add them to. If that’s not possible, then we foster them with Gabby.
We now have a second foster, Goliath, that is also training as an education bird. She is inside the clinic for training. We will tell you more about her tomorrow.
Yesterday we posted an introduction of a baby GHO with Gabby. This is the same baby that was featured a few weeks ago. Because Gabby won’t snuggle with the tiniest baby owls, she has been fostering inside with Goliath because of the cold weather. She is now large enough to not need to snuggle, and is the largest owl in today’s picture.
We also received a baby owl that has a fractured leg and wing. Dr. Len Donato at Radnor veterinary hospital repaired the fractures. That baby is now inside with Goliath because it will need frequent medication and bandage changes. It also has a new sibling, a third and much smaller baby to keep it company. These last two came to us through Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Rescue, who gave these babies their initial care.
Keeping babies together and using surrogate parents help keep the baby owls wild, imprinting them on their own species so they can eventually be released back to the wild.
Introducing a baby great horned owl to Gabby.
Gabby has been a foster dad every year for 24 years. He’s raised over 80 babies for us.